INSTITUTE: Back to the bread and butter league action

Striker Garbhan Friel scored two goals against Lurgan Celtic earlier in the season at Drumahoe.

Striker Garbhan Friel scored two goals against Lurgan Celtic earlier in the season at Drumahoe.

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Institute manager Kevin Deery is hoping the weather will be kind to his side over the next few weeks.

The Waterside men return to league action this weekend when they travel to Lurgan Celtic on Saturday (KO 2pm) in what is scheduled to be three league games in January, in fact Stute have five games next month.

“Weather permitting at least now the fixtures should be set in stone,” said Deery.

“We do have a couple of league games to catch up on but we know the schedule for next month and thankfully we have three league games pencilled in and while we have a few cup games in between but the three league games are our bread and butter and hopefully we can do well in them.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to add a few bodies to the squad next month and if we can then we’ll have a great chance to push on in the last four months of the season.”

Incredibly Stute’s last league outing was way back in November when they secured a deserved 2-0 win at title chasing Ards and Deery is keeping his fingers crossed they can now get into a rhythm of games in Championship One.

“It has been a long time coming, we haven’t played a league game since we beat Ards,” said Deery.

“We have nearly gone eight weeks since we have played in the league, so we are looking forward to it.”

In October the Drumahoe side seen off Lurgan with striker Garbhan Friel scoring a brace and defender Stephen O’Donnell also netted in that 3-0 win at the Riverside Stadium and a repeat this weekend would do nicely for Deery.

“It will be a tough game away at Lurgan and I’m sure they’ll fancy their chances on their own patch,” he added.

“We have a positive result against them earlier in the season, so we’ll have to have a think in what way we went about it that day and try to repeat that again this weekend.”

Centre-back Daryl McDermott is expected to return to training with the squad but he isn’t expected to be involved this weekend but Sean Roddy is out for a few weeks after picking up an ankle injury in the Craig Memorial Cup final defeat to Limavady United, on Tuesday night.