INSTITUTE: Deery happy with comfortable home victory
Institute manager Kevin Deery was delighted his side got their first league win of the season, after seeing off Harland & Wolff Welders, on Saturday.
First half goals from Sean McCarron and Stephen O’Donnell cancelled out Scott Davidson’s penalty, before Michael McCrudden sealed the points in the second half.
In fact the 3-1 score-line flattered the Belfast men, who probably should have left Drumahoe with a heavier defeat.
“We had to get our season up and running, especially at home,” he said.
“We were fairly good at home last year and we’ve continued that so I’m delighted with the three points. I thought it was a convincing win for us and it could even have been more.
Institute’s first two goals from McCarron and O’Donnell is something Deery was really pleased about as his side have worked on that, especially the striker’s goal after 10 seconds.
“It’s something we have worked on with this new kick-off and we saw that we could probably out-number their full-backs and it worked, sometimes it doesn’t but it was a great finish from Sean McCarron,” he added.
“You can only work up until that part but when it got into the final third that’s up to the player and Sean’s finish was excellent.
“The second goal was really high quality stuff and it’s stuff we work on in training.”
Deery believes his squad, which still has the likes of Gareth Brown, Jamie McIntyre and Ryan Doherty to come into, is stronger than ever.
“We have more quality this year than we had last year. Even the substitutes coming on are all capable of starting the game.
“I always emphasise how important the squad is. We have to buy into that. The club has done that with me and the players are responding to that.
“We were right at it today. You could see the boys were desperate for three points. It’s going to be a short turnaround to the split in the league so you have to maximise your wins and you have to be in the mix come February.
“Last season we went 13 or 14 unbeaten so it’s in the dressing room always, I know that and it’s good to get a win now because if you draw you’re questioning yourself.”