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Institute boss Sean Connor outraged at officials after League Cup defeat to Crusaders

Institute manager Sean Connor bagged a valuable point at Seaview.
Institute manager Sean Connor bagged a valuable point at Seaview.

Institute manager Sean Connor has blasted the officials in their BetMcLean League Cup semi-final defeat to Crusaders at Seaview on Tuesday night.

Connor was incensed that Crusaders' opener was allowed to stand in the 2-0 defeat in Belfast, as he believed David Cushley was offside when he collected the ball.

That allowed Stephen Baxter's men to go on and reach the final, where they will play Coleraine, as Jordan Forsythe's goal made the result secure.

But Connor believed that his side were put on the back foot unfairly, despite admitting the goal was deserved on the run of play, and that could have made all the difference.

"Their goal was probably deserved, but it was offside. Even their players admitted it was offside," fumed the Institute manager.

"When you're coming into games like this against big teams like this, you need the decisions to go for you and you need the officials to be on top of their game.

"It's really difficult playing Crusaders, but when you have to play Crusaders and the officials then it's almost impossible."

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While he was angry with the Crues' opening goal, the 'Stute boss had no complaints about forward Joe McCready's red card for a stamp on Colin Coates with the score at 2-0.

McCready bundled over the Crusaders captain when competing for an aerial ball and then proceeded to compound his error by bringing his foot down on Coates' leg with force.

"If you kick out, you kick out. That's something I'll deal with internally. I'm not happy with that from Joseph's perspective," admitted Connor.

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