Date: 4 October 2014
Competition: NIFL Reserve League
Result: Portadown Reserves 1-6 Institute II
Institute Seconds have found life tough on the road this season but on Saturday they produced their best performance to date to totally outclass Portadown at Shamrock Park. David Healy stole the limelight with a fine hatrick but this was a very impressive team performance.
Portadown had taken a 16th minute lead when their striker curled an effort into the top corner beyond the reach of debutant ‘keeper Gareth Muldoon. The young stopper had earlier pulled off a fine save to prevent the same player breaking the deadlock. Jude Ballard’s long range effort which drifted just wide seemed to spark the visitors into life and on 24 minutes they drew level from the penalty spot through Gary Henderson. Two minutes later they took the lead following a flowing move which began at right back with Ryan Varma linking with Paul McVeigh and Ronan Doherty before the latter played in Healy who calmly slotted home from 10 yards.
McVeigh had a great chance to increase the lead but he headed wide from Jack King’s pinpoint cross but 10 minutes before the break McVeigh released Healy who burst clear of the Portadown defence before coolly lifting the ball over the advancing ‘keeper to give Stute a deserved 3-1 lead at the break.
The Drumahoe side completely dominated the second period and within minutes of the restart John Curran forced a fine save from the home ‘keeper. Gary Henderson’s perfectly timed challenge in his own penalty area snuffed out the only glimpse of an opening that Portadown managed to create and on 57 minutes Stute moved further ahead when Healy set up Doherty for a simple tap-in from 6 yards.
McVeigh glanced a header wide of the target and Healy blazed another shot over the bar before the Healy/Doherty combination once again carved the Portadown defence apart and Doherty’s clever chip into the box gave the big striker the simplest of tasks to complete his hatrick with 20 minutes remaining. McVeigh finally got the goal he desperately craved 6 minutes from time when he fired home from the spot after Jack Higgins had been upended to complete the rout for Stute.
The Seconds next game sees them host Linfield Swifts at the Riverside on Saturday, KO 2pm.
Institute II: Gareth Muldoon, Ryan Varma, Graeme Taylor, John Curran, Gary Henderson, Conal Crawford, Jude Ballard, Ronan Doherty, David Healy, Paul McVeigh, Jack King.
Subs: Jack Higgins, Jamie Dunne, Jordan Thompson.