Institute boss Paul Kee concedes weather may claim crunch basement clash at Drumahoe

13 December 2014 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye' ' Danske Bank Premiership,  Cliftonville v Institute at Solitude.'Institute manager Paul Kee
13 December 2014 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye' ' Danske Bank Premiership, Cliftonville v Institute at Solitude.'Institute manager Paul Kee

Institute boss Paul Kee admits Friday night’s crunch clash with Dungannon Swifts is in “the lap of the gods” as snow and heavy rain continues to impact on the North West.

A pitch inspection is scheduled for Drumahoe on Friday afternoon before any decision is made on the fixture – which is due to kick-off at 7.45pm.

Kee is hoping to build on last week’s 4-1 Irish Cup victory over Loughgall, but concedes the weather may claim Friday’s basement showdown.

“It isn’t looking too good at the minute,” Kee said last night.

“The pitch is pretty wet, and there is more snow and rain forecast for during the night.

“It is more a glass half empty scenario, than glass half full.

“We even had to train indoors tonight as our training pitch was flooded – and that has a 3g surface.

“So it shows you the kind of weather we have been getting here.”

If Friday’s game does fall victim to the weather, Kee admits it will give his players a welcome rest following a busy Christmas and New Year period.

The Stute picked up just one point from their festive Premiership schedule to sit second from bottom in the table.

It was an important point, however, as it came against the side currently rooted to the basement – Warrenpoint Town.

“Every team has had a lot of games to play recently, and Dungannon Swifts would be no different,” he added.

“If Friday night’s game is called off then it will give some of the lads a rest. We have a few injuries floating about so hopefully we could clear them up before our next game.

“We also signed Saul Deeney this week and he isn’t available for the game against Dungannon.

“But we have prepared as if the game will go ahead. It is a six-pointer at the foot of the table and we have to be ready.

“It is in the lap of the gods at the minute, but there’s nothing we can do with the weather.”