After earning a hard fought three points in Tuesday against PSNI, ‘Stute faced Newry at the Limavady Showgrounds hoping to go a huge nine points clear at the top of the championship.
The match started at a very fast pace with both teams desperate for three points, however; just five minutes into the first half ‘Stute midfielder Aaron Harkin was sent off for an alleged two footed tackle. This instantly changed the match with the home side struggling to get out of their own half. However, for half an hour despite being down to ten men, ‘Stute restricted Newry’s chances, but on thirty five minutes, the referee awarded the away side a penalty to further ‘Stute’s problems. Marty Gallagher pulled off a stunning save to his left hand side to keep ‘Stute in the game. The first half ended with the scores level.
The second had started off as the first had ended ‘Stute besieged in their own half. The combination of frustration from the two teams and several contentious refereeing decisions saw the second half turn into a feisty affair. Tempers came to a head on the pitch when Gareth Brown was brought down on seventy minutes, and despite being the last man, the Newry defender escaped with a yellow card. For the final quarter of the game ‘Stute were camped in their own box; however despite the extra man, and dominating play the away side could not find a decisive goal.
A fantastic defence performance saw ‘Stute secure a vital point under extremely difficult circumstances, as the home side showed fantastic character to prevent a Newry goal.
Full-time: Institute 0 vs. Newry 0
Report by Dylan Harvey