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Institute turns attention to Donegal Celtic

Institute manager John Gregg will be on a spying mission tonight when possible play-off opponents Donegal Celtic face Loughgall in the WKD Intermediate Cup Final.

The Coleraine man watched his side end their Carling Premiership season with a score-draw against 10 men Newry City on Saturday, but his players won’t be getting any respite as he wants them to be raring to go if they get a second life-line to retain their Premiership status.

“I’ll be going to DC’s cup final against Loughgall on Monday night at Distillery,” admitted Gregg.

“I would rather be prepared than give the players 10 days off and you can have no excuses then, the lads know themselves that they need to keep ticking over and I might even have a friendly next Saturday.

“I think the last time the club was in a play-off against DC they didn’t do anything for a week and I can’t let that happen.

“I told the players after Saturday’s match with Newry City no matter what happens we have to focus on these two games if they come, we’ll be lucky to get a play-off so we have to grab it with both hands.

“Donegal Celtic will fancy themselves if they do play us in a play-off, because they have knocked this team out before when Liam (Beckett) was in charge, so all we can do is pray,” he added.

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Newry City gaffer Gerry Flynn was disappointed that his side failed to capitalise on what he felt was a positive start at Drumahoe.

“I was disappointed with the result, because we started off in the first 10 minutes we done really well.

“We were hurting them whenever we were putting balls in behind, but we stopped doing that and started trying to play a lot of football in the middle of the field.

“Then we went 1-0 down and stopped working and I was bitterly disappointed at half-time. In the second half I felt we controlled it and I have to give my players credit for coming back and showing good character but I would have like to have got the three points to try and finish eighth.”

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