Saturday afternoon played host to the crucial league encounter between the Sky Blues and the visiting Dungannon Swifts.
As the tie began it didn’t start well for Institute, and it looked like their return to winning ways may have been short lived when Ryan Harpur gave Swifts a lead on 15 minutes with Matt Hazley picking him out perfectly, Harpur heading past net-minder Eugene Ferry from close range.
This scoreline stood still as the half-time mark was reached, but as each side returned to the field after receiving their team talks, the second period was to have positive things in store for Paul Kee’s men.
Their first real test for Dungannon came when defender Mark Scoltock managed to pull off a remarkable overhead kick from the edge of the box, an attempt which required goalkeeper Alvin Rouse to make a miraculous save over the crossbar.
It was on 73 minutes though that ‘Stute were to implement that clinical touch, Stephen O’Flynn continuing his fantastic goal scoring run, latching onto a cross from Dean Curry, placing his shot into the corner, giving Rouse no hope of stopping it and increasing his tally to 9 goals.
Late on, Darren Murphy’s team had a chance to steal the victory, Jamie Douglas breaking through in the Institute half, but his strike from outside the area was well saved by the outstretched Ferry.
This game echoed the previous fixture between the two teams on the first weekend of the season which finished 2-2 in Stangmore Park, and next-up for Institute, they play Moyola in the NW Senior Cup on Tuesday at the Riverside Stadium, KO 7:45pm.