Institute grabbed a draw at home to Ballinamallard, making a comeback after going 1-0 down after just 26 seconds.
‘Mallard took their early lead when Liam Martin was able to slot in the first goal of the game after a misplaced pass and a series of defensive errors from Institute.
The visitors dominated the first period, and it looked like men against boys as the Drumahoe outfit couldn’t find their collective footing.
Robbie Hume had a great opportunity to score with a freekick on the edge of the box right before half-time, but it curled narrowly wide.
HT: Institute 0-1 Ballinamallard
In the second phase Ryan Campbell had a good chance to score when he broke free of the defence, but his strike was well saved by the out-stretched Marty Gallagher.
‘Stute had a chance when Peter Bradley’s cross was headed away by Steve Feeney only as far as Hume who vollied from inside the box but it was brilliantly saved by Feargal Murphy.
United could’ve increased their lead on 70 minutes when David Kee’s cross looked destined to fly into the top corner but Gallagher somehow managed to tip it over.
Michael McCrudden bagged his second goal of the season to level for the home team, sliding the ball past the keeper inside the box on the back of Darren McFadden’s assist.
Despite a late fight from the Sky Blues, they were unable to break past Whitey Anderson’s men once more, and the scoreline remained locked at 1-1 as the game came to a close.
FT: Institute 1-1 Ballinamallard
Institute: Marty Gallagher, Graeme Crown, Peter Bradley, Paddy McLaughlin, Dean Curry, Duwayne McManus, Mark Forker, Michael McCrudden, Davitt Walsh, Robbie Hume, Declan McKeever (76′).
Subs: Jamie McIntyre (63′), Darren McFadden (76′), Jude Ballard, Stephen O’Donnell.
B’Mallard: Feargal Murphy, Stuart Hutchinson, Mark Stafford, Steve Feeney, Colm McLaughlin, Jay McCartney (86′), David Kee, Liam Martin, James McKenna, Ryan Campbell (86′), John Currie (89′).
Subs: Liam McMenamin, Adam Murphy, Cathal Beacom (86′), Johnny Courtney (89′), Dale Noble (86′).