Institute recorded their 5th win in a row with a comprehensive 2-0 win away at neighbours Limavady.
Stute were first to the ball and creating chances at will. McKeever nearly struck against his old club in the tenth minute but couldn’t keep his shot down.
United gradually created some chances after 20 minutes: first Parkhill blasted his shot wide and then a McConachie free kick fell to McLaughlin but his shot on the turn was well wide. McKeever was enjoying his return and on the half hour sent in a dangerous cross which Curran had to be alert to head over. Almost immediately Institute had strong claims for a penalty as an attacker was bundled over in a ruck of players but the referee waved away the appeals.
The deadlock was broken on 39 minutes with a fine strike from the impressive Thomas McBride. McCormick’s punch fell to the midfielder who was perfectly placed just outside the box and he lashed the ball high into the net.
Just before half time Stute doubled their advantage with another simple goal. Jarvis sent in a high cross from the left and Davitt Walsh jumped the highest to score with a well placed header
Limavady were much improved in the second half although the first chance fell to Walsh who fired wide. Friel had two attempts from close range to stab the ball home from close range but they were blocked. Then on 65 minutes United had a glorious chance to get back in the game when Lee Patrick connected with a cross from point blank range but keeper Corey Wilson instinctively scooped the ball over the bar.
Stute regrouped and finished the stronger. On 75 minutes they missed a great chance when a corner was missed by everyone and the ball was sent past the post from two yards out. United’s response was a looping header from Close that went close. Clarke had been lively sine he came on and had a shot inside the box but it hit a defender. As the clock ran down Institute sub Friars shot over and then McBride should have killed off the game with a diving header but he put the chance wide.
The game finished with Parkhill through for a consolation but he hesitated and the chance was lost. Institute were worthy winners