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Institute 2-1 Banbridge Town

Institute moved into second place in the IFA Championship this afternoon thanks to a win over Banbridge Town – but they left it late to secure the three points. Fresh from a midweek North West Cup Final win over Coleraine, the home side started brightly and had a number of chances. Stute should really have taken the lead after 20 minutes when a corner fell to John Curran in a good position, but he fired just wide. McCarron then had the ball in the Banbridge net but the goal was ruled out for an alleged foul. At the other end, Banbridge forced an early save from Wilson, but apart from that the first half was all Stute. At the interval it was still goalless however, with the home side struggling to be clinical in front of goal without big strikers Parkhouse and Kelly. The second half was a scrappier affair, but Institute finally took the lead on 65 minutes as substitute Tommy McBride’s low cross from the right hand side was tapped in by Sean Friars. The lead lasted barely 5 minutes however. The visitors had a free kick which was only headed out as far as Chris McGrath on the edge of the box who fired high into the corner of the net. Stute responded by sending on Parkhouse, and saw a shot come back off the post. Other than that however they struggled to raise their game, until the 90th minute when McBride ran on to a flick-on and kept his composure to gleefully half-volley home. The home side managed to see out the remaining few minutes of stoppage time to set up a top of the table clash with Ballinamallard at the Riverside next Saturday.

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