The home side, hoping to put their Steel & Sons Cup disappointment behind them, hit the front in the 9th minute when prolific striker Chris Trussell stabbed the ball home from 5 yards.
The rest of the first half saw the visitors have the bulk of the possession, but Comrades created all the chances. They had already spurned some good opportunities to increase their lead, before they cemented their position with a two-goal blast before the interval. In the 42nd minute Gerard McAlea got his head to an Andrew Simms corner to find the net from 4 yards out. Then, two minutes later, another Simms corner lead to a goal, when Daniel Smith knocked the ball home from close range after keeper Doherty had kept out a header from Chris Getty.
Comrades should have increased their lead in the second half, before Institute got back in contention in the 69th minute, when Darren McFadden drilled a low shot into the net from 20 yards, after his initial effort from a free-kick had come back off the wall.
Two minutes later the visitors’ hopes of a comeback took a serious knock when Darren McCauley received a straight red card after an ill-judged comment made to the linesman.
The home side put the result beyond doubt in the 83rd minute, when a superb move ended with Kyle Buckley smashing an unstoppable shot into the net from 9 yards. They then rounded off a fine display with a fifth goal in the 87th minute; Chris Trussell shooting home from 8 yards after being set up unselfishly by Andrew Simms