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Connor's ready to put the work in for Stute's cause

Institute 1 Larne 4

Sean Connor
Sean Connor

By Colin Speer

New manager Sean Connor admits he's in the game long enough to know that there's going to be no quick fix at Institute.

However, the ex-Dundalk boss feels he saw enough during Saturday's 4-1 loss to Larne to encourage him.

"Right now, the only way is up on the pitch," said Connor, whose side had Joe McCready on target with a penalty.

"I've seen a hell of a lot to work on. I saw glimpses in players that I liked, but I saw a lot that I didn't like, so it's going to be a hard road.

"I told the players myself that if they're prepared to work and make the changes that I think need to be made then we'll see where it takes us.

"We looked a bit timid after that. Larne got confidence and, although the sending off impacted the second-half, I thought we worked hard without troubling them too much."

Larne boss Tiernan Lynch - whose team netted doubles through Johnny McMurray and Martin Donnelly before having goalkeeper Conor Mitchell sent off - was delighted by his side's display at the Brandywell and admitted he felt they could have won by a bigger margin.

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"It was a superb team performance," he insisted. "In the first half an hour, we were very, very good and did all the things that we work on on a daily basis.

"We could have and should have nicked a couple more.

"We talked about it at half-time and, as things developed in the second-half, it would have stood by us had we been more clinical.

"I'm super, super proud of them because when you're watching a fight like that, it's brilliant to see a team stick by one another and roll their sleeves up when you're down to 10 men.

"Sometimes that's just as rewarding as a really good performance.

"The boys carried out their roles perfectly in the first half, so I'm very pleased for Marty (Donnelly) and for Johnny (McMurray)."

INSTITUTE: R Brown, R Morrow (McCauley, 70 mins), Curry, Crown, Dunne, Tourish (J Morrow, 83 mins), Grace, McNamee, McIntyre, Burke (McCready, 55 mins), G Brown.

Larne: Mitchell, Kelly (Flowers, 73 mins), Watson, McEleney, Randall (Sule, 58 mins), Donnelly, Tilney (Pauley, 50 mins), Lynch, Cosgrove, Hughes, McMurray.

Referee: Evan Boyce (Ballygowan).

Man of the Match: Martin Donnelly

Match Rating: 7/10

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