It was a difficult afternoon for Paul Kee’s men as they succumbed to a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Cliftonville.
The Sky Blues travelled to Solitude for their final league encounter before the Premiership split, but it proved to be a bad day for the Drumahoe natives.
The Reds opened the scoring on 27 minutes with Martin Donnelly converting past ‘Stute net-minder Marty Gallagher.
It was then a quick-fire double that ended all plausible chances of a comeback for Institute, Joe Gormley scoring on 32 and 33 minutes respectively.
The first-half landslide wasn’t to end their though, with Joe Gormley snatching his hattrick with a penalty after 39 minutes.
HT: Cliftonville 4-0 Institute
It was destined to be a long 45 minutes for the visitors as the referee re-instated play for the second period.
Things were quickly made worse when Jay Donnelly fired the Belfast giants further into the lead just 8 minutes into the half.
‘Stute were visibly playing without confidence at this point, with Cliftonville parking the bus in their attempts to see out the game.
There would be a moment of consolation with ten minutes remaining however, defender Dean Curry grabbing a goal for his team.
It obviously wasn’t enough to inspire anything more as the clock ticked to a close, Cliftonville clearly content with the 5-1 demolition.
FT: Cliftonville 5-1 Institute