After the venue was changed from Wilton Park due to a failed pitch inspection, Institute took on Limavady United at the Showgrounds. ‘Stute looking to build upon an impressive Boxing Day win against Dergview.
The match started with ‘Stute on the front foot. Ten minutes into the first half, Dean Curry scored a glancing header to give ‘Stute an early lead. The first half continued with ‘Stute dominating the play. ‘Stute played fantastic attacking football, and Limavady didn’t have much of a chance. The inevitable happened with Niall Grace doubling the lead, scoring a fantastic volley from a cleared corner. The half ended with ‘Stute dominating play and unlucky not to get a third goal.
However, the second half was a different story. Limavady came out of the traps early and forced ‘Stute to camp in their own half. ‘Stute struggled to find their rhythm and tempo from the first half. Limavady created several opportunities but failed to capitalise on their chances. Despite the second half being a scrappy affair, ‘Stute worked hard to see the match out, and were rewarded with a place at the top of the championship.
Full-time: Institute 2 vs. Limavady United 0
Report by Dylan Harvey