Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Stute aiming to Crues it again

Institute will today be hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins over Carling Premiership title chasers Crusaders this season.

Jason Blackburn's goal in the closing stages of September's clash at the Riverside Stadium was enough to claim a 1-0 win for the home side, while a brace from Paul Lowry in November saw 'Stute leave Seaview with another three points.

However boss John Gregg believes those results don't mean anything — in fact it will probably spur on Stephen Baxter's team.

“Obviously we played well in those two games and we'll need to be at our best if we want to get another positive result,” admitted Gregg.

“But those two games are in the past so we need to concentrate on this game and to be honest, if anything, I know Stephen Baxter will be using those results in his team-talk to motivate his players.

“They will also feel that they are now over their recent blimp, they have played the majority of their games, so they'll want to push on and challenge for the title, but we have to worry about ourselves.”

'Stute have Tony Shields available after he missed last weekend's JJB Sports Irish Cup defeat at Glenavon, but duo Declan Divin and Sean Friars remain doubtful.

Centre-forward Kevin Ramsey is missing through suspension, though Gregg is hopeful that striker Joe McCready can continue his recent good form.

The Galliagh youngster fired home a stunning long range goal, his first senior one for his home-town club at Mourneview Park last Saturday and he hopes that goal is the first of many.

“We have beaten them a few times this season, so hopefully we can get another positive result this weekend, with me scoring again, maybe this time it will be the winner,” joked McCready.

“All jokes aside I just hope to score again but more importantly we win.”

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