In a week where football was rocked with the tragic death of Derry City captain Ryan McBride at aged just 27, Institute travelled away to Dergview with football very much in perspective. Institute looking to show the same passion and fight as the former Derry City captain, as the race for second and third tightens at the top of the table.
There was a change at the start of the match, a change in formation for ‘Stute with the manager opting for three at the back and captain Stephen O’Donnell serving a one match ban. Institute took the opening ten minutes to get to grips with the formation, before settling in and creating chances. The first half was a very open one with chances for both sides. The first half took a physical aspect with some hasty tackles from the home side. Despite the entertaining half, both teams ended it goalless.
The second half however was an action filled half, with Institute turning on the attacking flair. Kevin Deery’s decision to switch to three at the back, and flood the attack payed dividends with ‘Stute netting five goals in the second half, with Raymond Foy pulling the strings in the middle of the park. Stephen Curry opened the scoring latching onto a through ball, and poking it past the keeper. However, Dergview equalised just two minutes later, capitalising on a unlucky mistake at the back. Despite this immediate set back ‘Stute soon regained composure and the defence tightened up once more. Jamie McIntyre scored twice with two clinical finishes, one from a short corner beating the defender and firing home, and one from a one-on-one. Kyle Friel-Curran was also on form scoring twice, his second coming from a class touch to round the keeper and tap home into an empty net. Michael McCrudden also deserves credit for his through balls in the second half into the final third. Goalkeeper Martin Gallagher who has been in excellent form over the course of the season, pulled off an excellent save to leave Dergview with the one goal. A terrific performance from the lads, with every player doing their part to secure an impressive win, and adjusting quickly to the change in formation.
Full-time: Dergview 1 vs. Institute 5