A sun-soaked Riverside Stadium played host to Saturday afternoon’s NIFL Premiership clash between league rivals Institute and Ballinamallard.
Institute went into this game with an instant disadvantage as manager Paul Kee was suspended after being sent off earlier against Linfield.
Action unfolded early as Jordan Armstrong won Stute a penalty on 8 minutes, but Aaron Walsh failed to convert it, dragging his shot wide.
Young Armstrong got himself involved in the second goal-scoring chance for Institute, his cross meeting Hume’s head but the ball flew over.
Mallard soon found their footing to challenge the Sky Blues, and they threatened the home team, but Paul Kee’s men defended well.
Hume supplied a ball to Armstrong, however the striker shot wide, before Hume attempted to assist him again, but his pass was heavy.
Liam Martin and John Lafferty also linked-up well in attack, the Ballinamallard duo challenging the Stute defence on a few occasions.
Despite the first half containing many chances and much excitement, the scoreline remained level at 0-0 heading into the break.
HT: Institute 0-0 Ballinamallard
As the second half began, it took 56 minutes to break the deadlock, Jason McCartney netting a penalty for Mallard, Ryan Campbell fouled by Ferry.
Chances presented themselves at this point, Liam Martin clipping the crossbar with an effort, while Robbie Hume was lively for the Sky Blues.
Captain Mark Stafford challenged for the ball inside the Stute area, beating net-minded Ferry to it, before notching his header off the post.
Substitute Paul McVeigh made a great run down the right wing, but his attempted cross contained no end result and was cleared away.
This was met with an immediate response from Ballinamallard, substitute David Kee capitalising on the counter attack to finish on 80 minutes.
Despite Stute’s undiminished fighting spirit, there wasn’t enough time left for them to work their way back into the game so late on.
The result concluded at 2-0 to Ballinamallard after ninety minutes, Institute not able to break their run of loses after three weeks.
Next week sees the Sky Blues travel to the Oval as Paul Kee’s men look to bounce back against Eddie Patterson’s Glentoran.
FT: Institute 0-2 Ballinamallard