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Paul Kee refuses to give up on Institute despite relegation

Institute 1-2 Ballymena United

By Colin Speer

Paul Kee is adamant he will not be tendering his resignation after Institute's relegation from the Premiership was confirmed with defeat to Ballymena United.

A disputed 41st minute penalty by Alan Teggart put the visitors on their way and, though Stephen Curry restored parity before the interval, Mark Forker's own goal ultimately settled the issue as Stute made an instant return to the Championship.

The spot-kick award was the latest in a series of gripes Kee has had with officialdom this term but, closer to home, he recognises his club are also fighting battles off the park.

"I know there is discontent behind the scenes," he said.

"I appreciate and understand that not getting a win in 23 games is unacceptable. There have been some reasons for that.

"In the main, the support has been fantastic but there have been one or two disconcerters there and that has been difficult for me personally because I have worked tirelessly to get us to a certain level."

As for Steven Taylor's decision to award penalty when Allan Jenkins took a tumble inside the area, Kee added: "The referee has been hoodwinked but it's been par for the course this season and it's one thing we'll not miss about the Premiership."

Curry's brave header offered a brief glimmer of hope for Stute but their fate was sealed when Forker found his own net in attempting to stop Jenkins from doing so.

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