INSTITUTE: Deery looking to replace Curry with Bannsider

Coleraine defender Garth Falconer could be on his way out of the Showgrounds
Coleraine defender Garth Falconer could be on his way out of the Showgrounds

Institute boss Kevin Deery is hoping to replace Dean Curry with a current Premier Division left-back.

Deery is talking to Coleraine defender Garth Falconer, who is also believed to be wanted by both Limavady United and Dergview.

“I still feel we need at least one or two new signings, especially a full-back and Oran Kearney has given me permission to speak to Garth, so I’m working on that,” he said.

Deery is preparing his side for their trip to Sport & Leisure Swifts in the Tennent’s Irish Cup fifth round this Saturday (KO 1.30pm) and isn’t taking anything for granted.

The sides have already met this season with the Drumahoe men having an impressive 5-2 win at the Riverside Stadium in September.

Striker Garbhan Friel helped himself to a hat-trick that night, while Aaron Harkin and the now departed Paul Smith also got on the score-sheet.

Nevertheless the Belfast side have somewhat improved since that game and had an incredible 6-1 win at Championship One side Dergview to set up their meeting against Stute.

“Look, I think when you reflect back to that game, we played well in the first half hour and blew them away,” he said.

“But they came back into it a bit and scored two goals and then we looked a wee bit nervy and then we managed to kill it off with the fifth goal.

“But at 4-2 they were pushing a bit and had a bit about them, so we know it’s not going to be any foregone conclusion, especially after their last win.

“We struggled to get past Newtowne, while they beat Dergview 6-1, so we can’t be thinking that we are a good thing or something like that.

“I keep saying that in virtually all sides in this country its fine margins between teams and players; you saw with us that we went to the champions Crusaders and won, on your day you can spring surprises, so we’ll be under no illusions that’s just a matter of showing up.”

New signing Stephen Mills maybe added to the squad but Niall Grace is cup-tied having played for Trojans earlier in the competition.

Deery also confirmed that although he’s frustrated with a lack of games, he has a fully fit squad to choose from for this weekend’s trip to Glen Road Heights.

“Hopefully we’ll have Stephen’s international clearance sorted out, unfortunately Niall can’t play as he’s cup tied having played in a few rounds with Trojans.”