IT was a case of deja vu for Institute manager Paul Kee, who watched his side fail to kill Tobermore United off, in Friday night’s North West Senior Cup tie.
In their last outing against Glebe Rangers, the Drumahoe club missed a host of clear-cut chances but they won the game and a similar display happened against United.
“You hope the goal comes because you have so much of the ball,” he admitted.
“But we’re going to have a lot of this, this year where teams come here and put ten men behind the ball. In fairness, Tobermore did it well.
“They played with good determination and commitment and they got a lot of blocks in and their keeper has made some good saves.
“We’ve missed a lot of chances but the important thing is that we’re making the chances. It was a tougher match than the Glebe game because we had to work harder but the boys got on with it.
“It’s just nice to get another game under our belts, get a win at home and another clean sheet.”
Kee was happy that his players didn’t let their heads drop despite missing a host of chances and their hard work finally paid off with Aaron Walsh’s tremendous late winner.
He also conceded that the visitors were unable to keep their never say die attitude up and their fitness in the closing stages started to catch up with them.
“They started to tire and the game started to stretch but they still kept ten men behind the ball in fairness to them,” he added.
“It doesn’t matter who you’re playing at any level of football, ten men behind the ball is tough to break down.
“You have to stay consistent and concentrated and that’s what we did. We passed the ball well and we moved well. We didn’t get lazy or complacent and we didn’t get frustrated.
“The reflection of that in the second half was their efforts on goal; I don’t think Michael Doherty had anything to do.
“That’s a credit to the players because it was a good intense, disciplined performance,” concluded Kee.
Report by Kevy McLaughlin. Londonderry Sentinel