Institute’s Paul Kee admits time running out in relegation fight

Institute manager Paul Kee is under no illusions
Institute manager Paul Kee is under no illusions

Institute’s boss Paul Kee admits games are rapidly running out for his relegation threatened team.

The North West side remain marooned at the foot of the Danske Bank Premeirship table – four points adrift of battling Warrenpoint Town.

When Whitey Anderson brings his Ballinamallard United side to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, Kee knows nothing other than three points will suffice.

“It’s getting to the point of no return,” he admits.

“We have to start getting points on board. We’re in a dreadful run of results – it affects our energy levels and our confidence.

“I can’t fault the boys. We’ve lost so many big players over the course of the season and we are now feeling the draught. We are struggling to put the ball in the net and we are now running out of games.”

Institute will be missing another two of the most influential players – Aaron Walsh and Stevie Curry.

“Aaron begins a two game suspension while Stevie is off on a pre-arranged holiday. But we’ll have to get on with it,” adds Kee.

Meanwhile, Mallards boss Anderson will urge is boys to go for the jugular, knowing three points will more or less guarantee his team’s safety.

“The four bottom sides play each other, so something must give,” said Anderson, who this week off loaded striker Anthony Elding to Derry City.

“Our aim is to catch the team above us – and that’s Ballymena United. It’s a massive weekend for all four clubs.”

Anderson admitted his boys have struggled to find the net this season, but that still didn’t prevent him from transferring Elding to Derry City.

The 32-year-old, who bagged four goals from 18 appearances, endured a frustrating spell at Ferney Park.

“It just didn’t work out for player of club,” said Anderson.

“We hoped Anthony would end our problems up front, but he never really settled in due to injury and other things.

“He has joined Derry City and good luck to him. Our focus now is on getting three points at Institute. We’ll be missing Johnny Lafferty, who begins the first of a two game suspension.

“Chris Crilly is also out injured. They are two big players for us, but we’ll go their in a positive frame of mind.

“A lot of people questioned us following our thumping by Warrenpoint. But we have shown great character to come back by drawing with Portadown and Linfield and beating Coleraine. We must keep that momentum going.

“Momentum breeds confidence and we are looking forward to another massive game on Saturday.

“Institute are fighting for their lives and they will be going all-out for points. But we are scrapping for as many points as we can get between now and the end of the season.

“So it should be an exciting game.”