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Paul Kee fumes as lightning strikes again on Institute

By Colin Speer

Paul Kee was an angry man after his side's defeat to Ballymena United.

The Institute boss was left fuming at referee Keith Kennedy's decision to award the visitors a soft penalty, which paved the way for what eventually proved to be the winning goal.

Unfortunately for Stute, this is the second time this season the Lisburn official has played a major role in the Braidmen defeating them.

In September, Kennedy pointed to the spot after Stephen Curry had brought down Stephen McBride but, upon closer inspection, it was revealed the incident took place outside the box, so his call on Saturday - when home skipper Paddy McLaughlin clashed with United's Johnny Taylor - was just too much for Kee to take.

"The penalty was given and he's the only boy in the ground that saw it," raged Kee.

"The games are tight, the margins are tight and we are working our backsides off and then you get stuff like that all the time.

"To be honest, I don't know about being in the Premiership as we seem to be easy targets and then the arrogance of the fella after the match astounds me.

"There is no point even talking to him, not that I said that much to him, it was Kevin (McKinney, Goalkeeping Coach), but there's no point talking about it."

However, Kee did admit that his side didn't do enough and the visitors deserved to leave with three points.

"The effort is there and it was good in the second half, but we didn't do enough and, yes, we could talk about the penalty decision all day, but they didn't have to do a lot to win the match," he added.

"We threw on young players at the end and it's not fair on them. We used young Ronan Doherty from the bench and, while we brought him on to try and change the direction of the game as we knew that we would have a lot of ball at that time, he maybe he didn't have the impact that we had hoped.

"But that's not fair on him because he's only 18-years-old. There were too many boys in the first half who were feeling sorry for themselves, but we are just inexperienced and had a lack of drive."

United gaffer Glenn Ferguson was thrilled to claim victory.

"I'm absolutely delighted as Institute is certainly not an easy place to come and get three points," he said.

"I thought after we conceded that we responded really well and had enough chances to kill the game off in the first half but we didn't take them and the game turned out to be really difficult."

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