Institute travelled to Glentoran tonight as Paul Kee, who returned to the dugout after serving a ban, looked to steer his team back on track.
The visitors began the better team, and their first chance came early when Matty Young, fed by Paul McVeigh, forced a save in front of goal.
The ball ended up in the net for Stute when Robbie Hume tapped into an empty goal after being supplied by Ben Doherty but offside was given.
As the first half progressed Glentoran took control, and on 24 minutes Jay Magee headed from Niall Henderson’s corner to give them the lead.
Things could’ve been even worse had Niall Henderson’s 30th minute finish not been disallowed for offside also, but Curtis Allen found him late of his marker.
The first half ended with Glentoran dominating as they tested Martin Gallagher, who started ahead of Eugene Ferry, with a series of threats.
HT: Glentoran 1-0 Institute
With the game’s restoration, Glentoran maintained their place in the driving seat but this wasn’t to last long as the Sky Blues fought back.
Stute almost equalised when Doherty skipped through the defence and found McVeigh with a pass inside the box but his shot rose over the bar.
Eddie Patterson’s men threatened again when Jordan Stewart was found in space by Henderson but under no pressure he failed to hit the target.
This was followed by a troublesome free kick strike from Allen but Gallagher got down well to his bottom, left corner for a finger tip save.
Just as Stute created a serious challenge for a leveller, Glentoran made it 2-0, Steven Gordon converting a cross from Allen on 84 minutes.
The Drumahoe outfit refused to give up and on 90 minutes Hume slotted low into the corner from inside the box, however this proved too late.
FT: Glentoran 2-1 Institute
Glentoran: Elliott Morris (c), Marcus Kane (Johnny Addis 62), Fra McCaffrey, Calum Birney, Jay Magee, David Scullion (Danny McKee 78), Curtis Allen, Jordan Stewart, Niall Henderson, Stephen McAlorum, Nelson (Steven Gordan 50).
Institute: Martin Gallagher, Graham Crown (c), Mark Scoltock, Stephen O’Donnell, Declan McKeever (Lee Toland 62), Gary Henderson (Dean Curry 52), Mark Forker, Ben Doherty (Stephen Curry 72), Matthew Young, Robbie Hume, Paul McVeigh.
Referee: Mr Simon Creaney (Newtownards).