INSTITUTE: Gaffer happy to finally get away victory
Institute manager Kevin Deery was delighted his side finally got their first league win on the road.
Deery, who felt his team were worthy winners at Armagh City on Saturday, was a little disappointed that they didn’t make things easier for themselves.
Not until Stephen Curry completed his hat-trick in the closing minutes did the Waterside men really seal the points at a sun soaked Holm Park.
Although Curry netted late on, the Waterside men were always the dominate team and but for two outstanding saves from John Connolly the victory would have been in the bag a lot sooner.
“There must be something in our mind-set but after the first goal we just took our mind-set off it,” said Deery.
“What we had been doing well in the first 20 minutes we stopped doing so that’s the frustrating bit. We have to look at it, but I felt that if we played on the front foot, having watched them twice on video, that there were chances in the game for us.
“Thankfully, I think they ran out of legs a bit as well and you can see also that Stevie Curry has that threat, he can score goals and that’s why he was selected today.”
Deery was also quick to praise goalkeeper Martin Gallagher who made a top drawer save to deny Johnny McSorley, when the game was still close, in fact the Stute boss felt that stop was a major turning point in the game.
“When we were 2-1 up again, Marty has made a world class save,” he added.
“The boy saw him off his line and tried to lob him but he showed great ability get back and tip it over. That could have been 2-2 and a totally different game again.
“But I felt that our best period came after they scored. It shook us a bit and the players knew it wasn’t good enough and they knew they had to step it up and they did and they were very clinical then.”
Deery feels that his two goalscorers Ryan Morrow and Curry aren’t normally the ones grabbing the lime-light, they just get on with their jobs, but they are two players who he feels will play big parts this season.
“Young Ryan has definitely come on a bit, so much since he came out to me,” he said.
“He thinks he might be a left back because he gets to step in and show that quality. It was a tremendous finish and it gave us a real lift that we needed a real emphasis to push on.
“It was worthy of winning any match. It was a serious finish for a full back who is not renowned for those types of goals, or any goal for that matter.
“As for Stephen, he had a great effort as well in the first half, a 45 yard half volley after seeing the goalkeeper off his line and he was very unlucky.
“I think Stevie will say that it’s probably not the best game he’s ever played but that’s what he can do; he has devastating pace.
“We brought him in to add goals to the squad and thankfully that’s him up and running with four goals this season.”