Institute have continued their winless streak against Glentoran at the Oval in a 4-1 loss after finishes from Scullion, McKee, Stewart and Hume.
Changes saw Martin Gallagher return in nets, while flu-stricken Cormac Burke and Stephen Curry were dropped for Matty Young and Ronan Doherty.
Play began quietly, with little action for the first 10 minutes. Instead, Glentoran kept possession and passed nicely around the large pitch.
This paid off on 11 minutes when Jordan Stewart’s low cross found David Scullion unmarked in the box with the ‘Stute defence caught sleeping.
Scullion couldn’t believe his luck as he latched onto the cross, and he had very little to do as he poked the ball past helpless Gallagher.
The Glens continued their domination of the game and threatened again when Willie Garrett fired a free-kick just over the bar from 25 yards.
On 28 minutes a miskick from Gallagher fell to Barry Holland who shot from range, but this initial effort was blocked by Stephen O’Donnell.
However O’Donnell couldn’t prevent the ball from then bouncing straight to the feet of Danny McKee who blasted his gift into the empty goal.
38 minutes in and things got worse for the visitors when their injury list increased by one more as Dean Curry went off for Mark Forker.
Glentoran had a chance to score again as McKee burst through clear on goal, but he lost his balance after taking the ball around Gallagher.
The half concluded at 2-0, with the highlight of the first 45 minutes being Glentoran’s Arsenal-esque passing across the wide Oval surface.
HT: Glentoran 2-0 Institute
Institute returned after the break looking livelier and rejuvenated, leaving many to believe that this one may have proven to be a game of two halves.
In the first few minutes ‘Stute forward Robbie Hume made a run into the box through the left flank, but his cross into the box was cleared away.
This revival was short-lived though and on 54 minutes Glentoran made it 3-0, virtually seeing off any hopes that ‘Stute would claw their way back.
Jordan Stewart tapped in the third after Martin Gallagher mistimed his punch of the ball with it hitting the woodwork before falling perfectly to Stewart.
Glentoran challenged again as ‘Stute cleared the ball only as far as Niall Henderson who struck from distance, but his shot was well saved by Gallagher.
The Sky Blues pulled one back on 63 minutes when Robbie Hume floated a free-kick over the head of Elliot Morris from 30 yards out.
For the most part, the second half of this game could’ve been mistaken for a ping-pong match as the ball was knocked from end to end.
Eddie Patterson tactically adjusted his team as he sought to hold out with the lead, taking off Stewart for Fra McCaffrey on 78 minutes.
Paul Kee’s shuffle saw Ben Doherty and Jamie McIntyre enter the fray, and the two youngsters had an impact on Institute’s attacking flow.
With 10 minutes left McIntrye created a good chance for himself as he pulled the ball into the middle and shot narrowly wide with a low drive.
Once more the Sky Blues wouldn’t challenge for long as on 82 minutes Scullion got his second goal, chipping Gallagher as it went in off the crossbar.
In familiar fashion ‘Stute kept fighting until the end, but on this occasion they weren’t able to get anything in return as it finished 4-1 to the Glens.
FT: Glentoran 4-1 Institute
Institute: Martin Gallagher, Paddy McLaughlin, Stephen O’Donnell, Dean Curry (38′), Graham Crown, Aaron Walsh, Declan McKeever (73′), Matty Young, Robbie Hume, Paul McVeigh (73′), Ronan Doherty.
Subs: Jamie McIntyre (73′), Ben Doherty (73′), Mark Forker (38′), Cormac Burke, Eugene Ferry.
Glentoran: Elliot Morris, Willie Garrett, Marcus Kane, David Scullion, Jordan Stewart (78′), Niall Henderson (64′), Stephen McAlorum, Johnny Addis, Stevie Gordon, Danny McKee, Barry Holland.
Subs: Fra McCaffrey (78′), Calum Birney, Kym Nelson (64′), Steven McCullough, Aaron Hogg.