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McCrudden is the best player in the Irish League, says Institute boss looking quick fix to transfer saga

Warrenpoint Town 4 Institute 0

Institute's Michael McCrudden
Institute's Michael McCrudden

By Steven Beacom

Institute boss Paddy McLaughlin insists that the Michael McCrudden transfer saga has to be resolved this week.

McCrudden was suspended for Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Warrenpoint Town in which Joe McCready and Aaron Harkin missed penalties for the visitors and Alan O'Sullivan and Lee Duffy netted a brace apiece for the impressive home team.

McLaughlin stated the absence of his captain and leading goalscorer was no excuse for his side's performance at Milltown but believes the speculation surrounding McCrudden has been a distraction.

It is understood that McCrudden would prefer a move to Derry City. Coleraine have made a bid for the player, while Ballymena United, Glenavon and Port Vale have also shown interest.

McLaughlin says: "It has to be sorted as it's a distraction right across the club. I'm sure the players are sick answering the questions about what is going on. Nobody really knows. I'm the manager and I don't really know.

"Whatever is happening it needs to be resolved soon. If he stays that will be great for us and if he goes we will wish him all the best.

"The club are right in their stance. He is a top goalscorer in the Irish League and the best player in the Irish League, in my opinion. He definitely comes at a cost and if nobody wants to pay that cost he stays where he is."

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While the Institute boss must lift his side after a poor run, Warrenpoint chief Stephen McDonnell had a spring in his step after his players stepped up to the plate with the final goal by Duffy a snapshot of what the Milltown men are all about.

Town's scorers excelled and fellow attackers Philip Donnelly and Ciaran O'Connor were a constant threat while Francis McCaffrey produced an accomplished performance in midfield.

"Our plan worked to go a little more direct and our front four all caused problems. Overall, I thought our team performance was very good which was really pleasing," said McDonnell.

WARRENPOINT: Turker, Foster, Moan, Scannell (Cowan, 70 mins), O'Sullivan, McCaffrey, O'Connor (Lynch, 60 mins), Wallace, Donnelly, Duffy, Magowan (Watters, 80 mins). Unused subs: Kelly, McGrandles.

Institute: Gallagher, Bonner, Curry, R Doherty, Dunne (McIntyre, 64 mins), Harkin, Moorehead (McBride, 74 mins), Jarvis, Brown, Wilson, McCready (Smith, 68 mins). Unused subs: R Morrow, Curry, J Morrow, C Doherty.

Referee: Tony Clarke (Newtownabbey)

Man of the match: Alan O'Sullivan

Match rating: 8/10

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