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Institute 3 – 2 Ballyclare Comrades

Stute moved back to the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship with a more-nervy-than-it-should-have-been win over visitors Ballyclare Comrades.

Having fallen behind when Michael Doherty could only parry a shot, Stephen Parkhouse equalised from close range following some fine work from Graham Crown on the right wing to ensure the scores were level at the interval.
The second half started badly when Parkhouse was sent off for use of an elbow, but two quick goals from John Curran and Darren McCauley put Stute well in control. The second goal came after great work down the right by Stephen Curry who crossed for Curran to head home, then McCauley lashed in a third from the edge of the area.
Despite their man advantage, Comrades offered little and it was a comfortable second half until Curran conceded a foolish penalty to set up a nervy last 10 minutes.
However, Stute held on to move ahead of Carrick Rangers at the top of the table.

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