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Deery calling on Institute to seize chance to dine at the top table

 

By Colin Speer

Institute manager Kevin Deery feels his players should relish the chance of trying to secure a place in the Danske Bank Premiership next season.

The Stute gaffer knows his side will be up against it in tomorrow night's Promotion/Relegation play-off second leg at Carrick Rangers after a 1-1 draw on their own turf.

"We were in a much worse position last season after losing the game at home (against Ballinamallard United) but now we know what's required, we have to go away and win," he said.

"I know anything better than a 1-1 draw suits us, but the way I'm looking at it is a win and you are in the Premiership.

"A lot of teams have gone there and won, so why not believe that you can go up there and win?"

Deery was disappointed that his side conceded a penalty, which Marty Murray converted to cancel out Michael McCrudden's opening goal, as he felt they probably should have won Tuesday night's first leg.

"We want to win every game, we didn't but it's not a disaster," he said. "If anyone had told me at the start of the season you have to go to Carrick and win to get into the Premiership, most of us would have said, 'let's go'."

As for Carrick, coach Mitch Whitty is hoping the Belfast Loughshore Hotel Arena will be packed. He said: "At the minute it's only half-time, but it helps us being at home on Friday night.

"Hopefully there will be a good crowd and the Carrick fans, who supported us on Tuesday night, will be out again in big numbers supporting us and hopefully they'll be going away celebrating."

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