INSTITUTE manager Paul Kee felt the decision by referee John Deighan cost his side of all three points, against Dundela, on Saturday.
The Limavady official ruled out John Curran’s first half strike for offside, a decision, which annoyed the ’Stute boss.
“We feel a bit aggrieved about a perfectly good goal getting chalked off, Kee stated.
“That would have been a big three points for us but the league is not over yet. There’s a few twists and turns in it yet and we’ll just keep taking each game as it comes.”
“The referee changed his mind twice. He said first of all that Parkhouse was interfering with play, which he wasn’t, and I told him at the end that the decision probably cost us because we knew it was going to be a nip and tuck game.”
Kee was also full of praise for the Belfast men who did their homework on the Waterside out-fit and stopped the likes of Aaron Walsh, Michael McCrudden and Darren McCauley from running the show.
“They were quite physical and they stopped us from playing.
“They worked hard as a team which we expected them to do and they matched us up in midfield with 4-3-3. They nullified Walsh, McCauley and McCrudden.
“I think we controlled the game and I thought we tried to win the game, we gave it our best, but it was just our decision making in the last third of the pitch that let us down.”
The ’Stute gaffer also conceded that his side failed to trouble Dundela goalkeeper Paul Hughes enough throughout the 90 minutes and some poor decision made in the final third also played its part.
“We didn’t work their goalkeeper enough. We were shooting when we should have been passing and then we were blazing the ball over the bar. That was the problem.
“The chances we made were OK and our play in general was OK, I was happy enough, but we just lacked that quality in front of goal which was disappointing.”
The Drumahoe man also conceded that a share of the spoils probably suited the visitors more, but he believes consistency will be the key to any hopes his players have of gaining promotion this season.
“I would have preferred three points because we wanted daylight between ourselves and Dundela.
“They now have a game in hand over us so the ball is in our court, but in this league any team is capable of winning on any given day, so I don’t think any team will get plain sailing.
“We just have to stay consistent. The most important thing is that we didn’t lose on Saturday but obviously we would have preferred three points.”