The first-team succumbed to a disheartening 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Glenavon over the weekend – goals from Gareth McKeown, Ciaran Martyn and a duo of finishes from Eoin Bradley cementing the victory for the visitors despite Jordan Armstrong’s consolation.
The Sky Blues held their own throughout the opening phase, and looked like the more promising side in relation to goal-scoring threats, however Eoin Bradley’s first-half strike hampered early hopes.
The second period then oversaw a chaotic spell, as Glenavon knocked in three goals in quick succession past the unlucky Stute net-minder Eugene Ferry, and though the home team fought back towards the end, it was too late, and not even a goal could salvage them.
Institute’s next fixture takes them to County Fermanagh for an away tie against Ballinamallard United on Saturday, before Paul Kee’s men return to home action as Glentoran travel to the Riverside on September 20th.
Institute: Eugene Ferry, Paddy McLaughlin, Mark Scoltock, Graham Crown, Lee Toland (Declan McKeever 62’), Matthew Young (Jordan Armstrong 62’), Stephen Curry, Aaron Walsh, Gary Henderson, Stephen O’Flynn, Ben Doherty (Darren McFadden 81’).
Glenavon: Alan Blayney, Gareth McKeown, William Murphy (Eddie McCallion 40’), Kris Lindsay, Eoin Bradley, Ciaran Caldwell, Rhys Marshall, Kevin Braniff, Shane McCabe (Andy Kilmartin 67’), Ciaran Marty, Tony McNamee (Gary Hamilton 75’).