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Institute go into tomorrow’s encounter with Distillery full of expectation for the forthcoming season. Having come agonisingly close to a playoff spot last season, the Drumahoe men will be looking to go at least one spot better- if not emulating Ards successful promotion bid last term.
‘Stute manager Paul Kee will be happy with his summer’s transfer business by holding on to the majority of his squad. With the team receiving many plaudits for the brand of football displayed last season it was inevitable that other teams would be knocking on the door looking to talk to certain players. And with that- the highly rated Dean Jarvis made his move to Derry City. ‘Stute also lost Joe Gray who retired due to work commitments and Graeme Taylor shall shortly be jetting off to Preston to continue with his studies. With the experienced duo of Paddy McLaughlin and Stephen Parkhouse resigning along with the talented Micheal McCrudden, Aaron Walsh and new recruit Gary Henderson- Kee will believe that he has a squad capable of competing at the top of the table.
What is my prediction for the forthcoming season? I don’t think that there is any doubt that this season’s championship is going to be one of most competitive for many a season. From looking at where each club have strengthened and weakened- it looks like Carrick Rangers are going to have the early tag of favourites. They have made some big name signings and it looks like Mr Micheal Hughes has his eyes firmly set on a return to the Premiership. New comers from the Premiership Distillery and Donegal Celtic are not going to be far away from the top. New comers from Championship 2- Ballyclare Comrades and Knockbreda will fancy their chances of a few upsets throughout the season and will be looking to secure a mid-table finish. I have pinpointed Limavady and Dergview as my 2 teams that I believe are going to struggle this season. Limavady narrowly avoided relegation last season, and whilst Dergview have appointed Richard Clarke as their player/manager- something tells me that it could be a long season for the Castlederg outfit.
As an Institute fan- my hopes for the season are obviously for us to win the league. But- as I have learnt over the past few seasons- this is one incredibly hard league and as the saying goes – May the best team win!
Prediction for today- Distillery 1-3 Institute (Hopefully)
Dean Nutt

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