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Institute's Deery hoping to make the most of 'farcial' play-off situation in Danske Bank Premiership

By Stuart McKinley

Kevin Deery has described the situation that delayed the Danske Bank Premiership's promotion/relegation play-off as 'farcical.'

Now the Institute manager is aiming to use the six and a half week gap between the two legs to his team's advantage as they chase a return to the top flight.

Stute trail Ballinamallard United 2-1 after the first leg, which was played back on Friday May 6 and with the tie delicately poised, plus the fact that both teams are coming off a long break, Deery is confident of turning it around at Ferney Park tonight (7.45pm).

The delay was caused following Warrenpoint Town's appeal after discovering that former Carrick Rangers' manager Gary Haveron had served a suspension in a wrong match.

The matter was first dealt with by the Irish FA's Disciplinary Committee on May 18, but a further appeal to Sports Resolutions UK put things back and the result of that only came through on Monday night.

"I am past the stage of worrying about how well we are prepared for the game," said Deery.

"It's become a farcical situation over the last seven weeks, but now it's about playing football.

"I's been a tough six weeks, but we have to be ready to play now and we have to be upbeat. If we can win the game we will go up into the Premiership and that's what our focus has to be on.

"We have a young squad and I don't think the long period between games will affect us and match fitness hopefully won't be an issue."

Mallards manager Whitey Anderson will step down after the match, but ironically he is serving a suspension and won't be on the touchline.

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