Saturday afternoon played host to the latest round of NIFL Premier League matches, with Ronnie McFall’s Portadown making the short journey down to the Riverside Stadium in Drumahoe to face off with the Sky Blues.
Paul Kee’s men were playing on the back of a 3-2 away defeat to Crusaders, while Portadown were held to a 2-2 draw against Warrenpoint in their previous encounter – but this result was going to prove far from closely fought.
Portadown dominated both periods of the game, and Institute struggled in a fashion unfamiliar to them, in comparison to the attractive style that they have demonstrated so far this season.
Early goals from Tim Mouncey and Peter McMahon gave the Ports a two goal advantage within the opening ten minutes, before McMahon netted the second in his brace on 16 minutes, sealing the scoreline at 3-0 as the half-time break was reached.
Some in the Riverside Stadium still held hope that the home team would return to the field revitalised, and that a miraculous comeback may have been possible, but as the game kicked off once more this optimism faded, as Gary Twigg made it 4-0 on 47 minutes.
Institute managed to hold out for the rest of the match, as Portadown eased the pressure, clearly satisfied with the result as it stood, and though Stute were able to push the ball further up the pitch, they proved no threat before goal.
This match is surely one to forget for the Londonderry outlet, and they’ll be hoping to bounce back in their next two fixtures, firstly against Ballinamallard in the league cup, and then away to Linfield on Monday 13th October.