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Glens Eclipse Stute Seconds In 5-Goal Thriller

Date: 20 September 2014
Competition: NIFL Reserve League
Result:  Institute II 1 – 4  Glentoran II

Institute Seconds endured another disappointing away performance on Saturday at the Oval. Scoreless for more than an hour the game came to life in the second half, but three goals in a seven minute spell saw the Glens run out comfortable winners.

Stute began brightly, but were thankful for young fullback Nathan Clifford who twice cleared off his own goal line, as Glentoran created the better of the first half chances.

It took the visitors until the 23rd minute to create their first attempt, but Ronan Doherty scuffed his shot following good work by Ben Doherty.

Ricky-Lee Dougherty thought he had broken the deadlock seven minutes later but he too saw his shot cleared off the goal line with ‘keeper Morris stranded.

Just before the break Gary Henderson’s free kick fell kindly for Dean Curry, but the defenders shot was beaten away, and from the resulting corner Jordan Thompson spooned his effort over the crossbar when it looked easier to score.

The first-half ended 0-0.

Thompson forced a super save from Morris within minutes of the restart, the ‘keeper tipping the ball over the bar when the striker’s shot looked destined for the top corner.

Glentoran broke the deadlock on 64 minutes, when a long through-ball saw two attackers break clear and, despite the final pass appearing to find the eventual goal scorer in an offside position, the goal stood.

Eight minutes later Stute drew level when Thompson rifled the ball in off the upright to round off a fine move involving Jack King and Dougherty.

Parity didn’t last long though and again there was a strong hint of offside in the build-up but, after Curry had blocked an initial shot, the forward calmly slotted the rebound past Corey Wilson.

The Drumahoe side were rocking at this stage and conceded again through a powerful header following a corner, and nine minutes from time any hope of a comeback disappeared as the home side broke away once more to add a fourth.

This was a disappointing result for Institute and sees them slip to seventh place in the Reserve League.

The manner of the goals conceded, despite the strong appeals for offside, is a real worry, and the side will look to bounce back next Saturday (27th) as they host Championship 2 side Portstewart in the Craig Memorial Cup, KO 2pm.

The full-time result concluded at 4-1 to the Glens.

Institute II: Corey Wilson, Jack King, Nathan Clifford, Dean Curry, John Curran, Gary Henderson, Mark Forker, Ronan Doherty, Ricky Lee Dougherty, Jordan Thompson, Ben Doherty.

Subs: Jack Higgins, David Healy.

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