Date: 30 August 2014
Competition: NIFL Reserve League
Result: Warrenpoint Town Reserves 0-3 Institute II
Institute Seconds made the long trip to Warrenpoint on Saturday and came aware with an impressive victory. All of the goals came in a first-half which was dominated by the visitors, and although the home side improved after the break, they found Marty Gallagher in fine form as the Stute custodian ensured that his side recorded their first clean sheet of the campaign.
The visitors began brightly, and on 9 minutes they created the first chance of the afternoon, striker David Healy latching on to Ronan Doherty’s clever pass but his shot was blocked by Darcey in the home goal. Warrenpoint had a great chance themselves on 16 minutes when a corner was only half cleared and Grant blasted the ball high over the bar from 10 yards. Two minutes later Jordan Thompson combined with Healy but this time the forwards shot brushed the wrong side of an upright with the keeper scrambling.
Stute where growing in confidence and their pressure paid off just before the half hour mark when Jude Ballard broke down the left hand side and picked out Gary Henderson at the edge of the box. The midfielder drove the ball powerfully into the bottom corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.
Five minutes later Thompson combined with Jack King on the right before the young forward picked out Healy but once he was off target with his effort. In the 40th minute however Healy did get his reward after latching on to Ballard’s through ball he coolly beat the advancing keeper with an excellent lob to double the visitor’s advantage.
On the stroke of half-time it was 3-0 when Thompson bundled the ball over the line after good work once again from Healy following another telling pass from Doherty.
Warrenpoint certainly improved after the interval and although Jordan Armstrong had a powerful drive blocked on 65 minutes it was the home side who had the clearer second half chances. Gallagher produced a fine fingertip save to deny McMurry, and again when substitute Mulholland beat the Stute offside trap, the net-minder stood his ground and blocked the forwards effort with his legs.
In the last ten minutes Jamie McIntyre twice threatened to add a fourth for Stute but the heavily sanded pitch saw the ball stick under the youngster’s feet allowing covering defenders to snuff out the danger just when it looked like he was going to show them a clean pair of heels.
Ronan Doherty and Marty Gallagher stood out for the Drumahoe men although there were a number of pleasing performances, particularly in the first period. After back-to-back defeats this was a good response from the team and the result lifts them into third place in the NIFL Reserve League.
Their next game is at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday (3rd Sept) against fourth placed Ballymena United Reserves, K.O. 7:45.
Institute II: Gallagher, King, Ballard, C McLaughlin, O’Donnell, Henderson, Doherty, Varma, Healy, Thompson, Armstrong.
Subs: Crawford, McIntyre, Higgins.