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Banbridge Town 0-1 Institute

Play was even in the early stages but an early knock for Chris Kingsberry had a big effect and the diminutive midfielder had his quietest game in a Town shirt as a result. McCartan forced a fine full length save from ‘Stute ‘keeper Wilson with a stinging 10 yard drive – the resultant corner being headed off the line by Friars. The home side also had strong penalty claims turned down after a visiting defender handled in the box. A teasing cross from Friars was cut out by the commanding Neil Watson in Town’s rear-guard while ‘keeper McAllister held a fierce Harkin effort soon after. In the 32nd minute a great cross from Gallagher was just taken off the head of the lurking Downey by impressive ‘Stute keeper Wilson. Three minutes later a lovely move from the visitors in which Parkhouse and Harkin were prominent ended with Jarvis firing across goal with no one on hand to finish. Downey ghosted behind the defence to plant his header just wide after 40 minutes and just before half-time McAllister was forced to save from Parkhouse after Roddy had found the latter with a great cross. The second half was five minutes old when Institute opened the scoring with a “bizarre” goal. Mark Kelly beat Town’s offside trap and rounded ‘keeper McAllister but mishit his shot towards the empty net leaving Town defender James Wilson time to get back on the goal-line. However the Town’s No. 2 inexplicably allowed the ball to trickle over the line when out of balance. ‘Stute will never score a softer goal! The visitors were dominant now and played some good flowing football but received a setback in the 70th minute when midfielder Harkin got his marching orders for alleged foul play. Town pushed forward and threw everything at Institute and a deft Downey header sent Cree racing through but his shot was well held by Wilson. Another McCartan drive which flew wide was all Town could muster and they too went down to ten men when defender Thompson saw red after 87 minutes.

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