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Johnny Law keen to put ‘tiny club’ Portstewart ‘on the map’ after setting up Irish Cup tie against Ballymena United

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Johnny Law wants to see Portstewart reach the next level

Johnny Law wants to see Portstewart reach the next level

Johnny Law wants to see Portstewart reach the next level

Manager Johnny Law doesn’t want Portstewart to rest on their laurels and urged them to push on from their Irish Cup success over Championship side Institute.

Mark Edgar’s 30-yard wonder strike six minutes from time was enough for the Lough 41 Premier Intermediate side to secure a famous win, but Law wants more and is already looking forward to next month’s Irish Cup second round tie against neighbours Ballymena United.

“Portstewart are a tiny club,” he admitted. “There are teams in our League that are much bigger than us, but we want to build the club, we want to build a bright future.

“We’re far away from where we want to be but we’re going the right way. Getting Ballymena in the second round of the Irish Cup, we’ve played six games to get there, the first game being away to Valley Rangers in the first week of August, so the boys have done absolutely brilliant.

“We want to put Portstewart on the map and you have to be in competitions like this for people to take stock of what we’re trying to do here. Hopefully it’ll attract better players to the club so we can push on to the next level.”

Law, who guided Portstewart to Craig Memorial Cup glory a few weeks ago, praised his side.

“Great team effort all round but a great strike by Mark Edgar to win it for us — and just at the right time, too, with six minutes left.

“Mark will get the plaudits for the day but the team effort was unbelievable.”

Stute boss Brian Donaghey had no complaints.

“The boys were pre-warned that if you are off your guard at all, especially in the Irish Cup, then you’ll get knocked out and that’s what happened to us,” he explained.

“It’s frustrating as a manager because we trained well during the week, but we just looked lethargic, slow and they were first to everything and they wanted to win it more than us.”

INSTITUTE: Connolly 5, McDermott 6, Leppard 6, Deery 6 (Busteed, 58 mins, 6), Quigley 5, P McLaughlin 6, Doherty 5, McFadden 6, Brown 6, C McLaughlin 5, B McLaughlin 6.

Portstewart: Findlay 7, Douglas 6 (Hudson, 79 mins, 6), Watt 7, Law 6, Barr 6 (Boylan, 79 mins, 6), Doherty 6, Edgar 8, Moorcroft 7 (Forgrave, 74 mins, 6), Steele 7, Peden 6, Gillan 6.

Referee: Neil Robinson 6.


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