Current League of Ireland leaders Dundalk visited the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night, as ex-Derry City manager Stephen Kenny led his team out against Stute for the second time this preseason.
The first encounter ended in a disheartening 3-0 defeat on the back of an otherwise very promising performance from Paul Kee’s men in Oriel Park, but pleasingly it is the Sky Blues who have claimed the limelight this week with a 1-0 win courtesy of a goal from winger Stephen Curry.
Taking the field at home for just the second time since the end of last year’s Championship term, Stute looked well-prepared against a strong but youthful Dundalk line-up, and overall they proved the more dominant of the two sides.
Good chances from Stephen O’Flynn, Lee Toland and Darren McFadden could’ve extended the scoreline further for the home team, while a few opposing threats were comfortably dealt with by Institute goalkeeper Michael Doherty.
After the match Club Manager Paul Kee had the following to say:
“It was a good game, I’m very pleased with the intensity of it, it was quick, it was fast, it was what the players needed, and we dealt with anything that Dundalk managed to throw at us.”
“I feel that we could potentially have grabbed a few more goals, but it was a decent work-out and they provided us with a good, stiff test – they have some very talented young players in that team.”
“It’s all systems go getting ready for the Dungannon fixture, and this is the type of match that we need to get prepared – we play a North West select team on Friday night and that should be another good encounter for us.”