INSTITUTE: Midfielder shines in deserved hard fought victory

Institute midfielder Ciaron Harkin powers past Donegal Celtic defender Eamon Hughes. INLS4315-140KM
Institute midfielder Ciaron Harkin powers past Donegal Celtic defender Eamon Hughes. INLS4315-140KM

Institute boss Kevin Deery believes teenager Ciaron Harkin has got all the attributes to be a top player.

The midfielder showed tremendous character to step up and score Stute’s crucial second goal from the penalty spot in the closing stages of Saturday’s win over Donegal Celtic.

“I went out of my way to get Ciaron Harkin from Derry because I knew he wasn’t getting much playing time at Derry and I felt he was ready to step up to senior football,” he stated.

“He showed great character for a young man. He’s only 18 so to go and fetch the ball in the last minute to take a penalty to win the game showed tremendous character and you need players like that.

“We should have been three up at half time but we just have to be a bit more ruthless.

“We got in great positions. In the second half one fell to Jordan Armstrong and if that’s me, I’m looking to take the goalkeeper and all into the net.

“We work on a lot of finishing drills in training and sometimes it’s absolutely fantastic but then on the pitch it’s frustrating but at the end of the day we showed great character to go on and win.”