Duwayne McManus’s brace topped off an impressive 5-1 Irish Cup victory against Loughgall, after ‘Stute came back from going behind early on.
Loughgall clearly weren’t fazed by their Premiership opponents, as they opened the scoresheet on 12 minutes through Stephen Ferguson’s goal.
But the home team weren’t trailing for long, Darren McFadden grabbing an equaliser on his debut since rejoining the Sky Blues from Trojans.
The scoresheet was locked at 1-1 heading into the break, but early in the second half Stephen Curry fired ‘Stute into the lead on 55 minutes.
This reversal led to a goal rush for Paul Kee’s men, McManus scoring a quick-fire third and fourth in the space of 5 minutes to make it 4-1.
It almost got even better for ‘Stute when Robbie Hume hit a powerful strike at goal, however his effort connected with the woodwork instead.
5-1 was going to be the concluding scoreline anyway, Aaron Walsh finding himself free in front of goal, firing in one-in-one with the keeper.
There were appeals that Walsh’s 73rd minute goal was offside, and net-minder Garth Buchannon was sent off by referee Ian McNabb for dissent.
Despite a few minor chances to extend the scoreline in the closing stages, the match finished 5-1, ‘Stute coasting through to the 6th round.
After the win was confirmed, Institute manager Paul Kee said:
“It’s nice to win by five, Loughgall came here and put it up to us, but we showed a bit of character and that’s what we need at this time.
“Darren McFadden made a good contribution, he got a goal and that’ll give him a boost, and Robbie Hume also put in a good performance today.
“We had a chat at half-time and we asked the players to go out and up the ante and they went and did just that, we got goals at key times.”