Tuesday night at the Riverside Stadium played host to the North West Senior Cup quarter final encounter between Premiership side Institute and Intermediate minnows Strabane Athletic.
Institute have a good track record in this cup having already won it five times in the past, but while Strabane have never come out victorious, other Intermediate clubs have managed to achieve success in this competition in recent years.
It wasn’t to be an underdog tales on this occasion however as Paul Kee’s men prepared themselves for the task at hand perfectly. Striker Darren McFadden opened the scoring on fifteen minutes which lead Stute into the break 1-0 in front.
The second-half then oversaw a complete demolition of Athletic, firstly Jude Ballard missed a penalty after a good save from Shane McGonigle, but then in quick succession the centre-midfielder made up for it by scoring Stute’s second, after receiving a good pass from Thomas McBride,
Darren McFadden then grabbed another through a superb solo move, taking it past a handful of defenders in order to find the space to blast home the third into the bottom, right corner.
The Sky Blues weren’t finished yet however, and late on former Finn Harps striker Paul McVeigh, a new arrival at the Drumahoe outlet, came on off the bench, scoring his first Stute goal in the process, wrapping up the scoreline at 4-0.
Corey Wilson, Gary Henderson, Lee Toland, Dean Curry, Jude Ballard, Mark Forker (Paul McVeigh 63’), Darren McFadden (Ricky Lee Dougherty 63’), Jordan Armstrong (Jamie McIntyre 63’), Stephen O’Donnell, Ronan Doherty, Thomas McBride.
Shane McGonigle, Eamon Ferguson, Aodhan Doherty, Oliver Gallagher, John Donaghey, Ritchie Graham (Gary McGuigan 38’), Gerard Donaghey, Shaun Lawson, Joe Breslin (Niall Coyle 62’), Jason McGrinder, Ronan McBrearty (Sean Lynch 62’).