Institute: Manager praises players

Institute's Garbhan Friel tangles with a Ballyclare Comrades defender on Saturday. INLS4115-113KM
Institute's Garbhan Friel tangles with a Ballyclare Comrades defender on Saturday. INLS4115-113KM

Institute boss Kevin Deery was bitterly disappointed after their score draw with Ballyclare Comrades.

Deery felt his side not for the first time this season deserved maximum points and he conceded that he was disappointed for his players.

“I’m absolutely gutted for them to be honest, they put so much into it and gave everything and they thoroughly deserved to win the game,” he said.

“It was a fluke goal they got, the ball could have gone anywhere and although you’re hoping it goes over the bar, it bounces into you own net for a 25 yard own goal.”

The Stute manager, who did take some positives from the game, also praised Comrades goalkeeper Gregg Shannon.

“I’m just disappointed it wasn’t three points instead of one but on a positive note, we really went for it after we conceded and we were very unlucky not to win it in the end,” he added.

“Their goalkeeper showed great experience, and he made a couple of great saves. His composure was good and he settled his players. But I felt we deserved to win the game.”

Deery has always ear marked October for Institute to try and get a bit of momentum as they were facing sides who are in and around them in the table and he was also pleased that Gareth Brown opened his goal scoring account.

“We’re really targeting these five games and trying to take as many points as possible,” he said.

“But earlier in the season we might have dropped our heads and got nothing out of the game but we were excellent this time, in the second half especially.

“It was a great finish and it just sheer euphoria from Gareth because of the amount of work he’s putting in. It was a relief for him because he’s giving everything and that showed in his celebration.

“Every one of them are working hard. Not one of us is getting rewarded financially out here, they are doing it for the love of the game and if they weren’t doing it here, they would elsewhere, so I can only thank them after the game. I just ask for honesty and respect all the time and that’s what they give every time.”