INSTITUTE recorded their 4th league win in a row with victory over
Warrenpoint Town, although will be frustrated at their failure to kill off a
game which they led from the 2nd minute.
An end-to-end start to the game saw Stute keeper Corey Wilson forced into
a one-on-one save, before his side went on the attack and promptly took the
lead, as the Warrenpoint keeper could only parry a shot into the path of
Stephen Parkhouse who gleefully hammered home from two yards out.
The home side doubled their lead on 14 minutes as Davitt Walsh broke the
offside trap and stylishly chipped the keeper from the edge of the area. On
the half-hour mark, the visitors got back into the game with through Keith
Johnston, but 4 minutes later Mark Kelly restored Institute’s 2-goal
cushion, breaking into the area and driving the ball into the bottom corner of the goal. Stute missed a few chances to extend their lead before the interval, and 7 minutes into the second half the visitors were in sight again after defender Neil Harkin dithered with the ball in his own area, and was duly punished.
The visitors then began their push for an equaliser, but after 69 minutes
Institute won a free kick in the corner, and Stephen Parkhouse rose highest to head in his second and Institute’s fourth. There was still time for some late drama however as Stute’s Declan McKeever was dismissed for a second bookable offence, and then the visitors won a last
minute penalty after Paddy McLaughlin was adjudged to have pulled an opposition player in the area. Wilson got a hand to the spot-kick, but couldn’t keep it out. The resulting kick-off was the last action of the match, as Stute and Parkhouse maintained their recent good form.
Report by Steve Steele