Today, Institute managed their first win under manager Alan ‘Aggie’ Blair, although it wasn’t easy as expected against a strong Ards team. All goals came in the first half, as both side defended quite badly in spells.
Joe McCready had an early chance, when he was sent through by a ball from Declan Divin. Joe raced onto the ball, and was one on one with the Ard’s goalkeeper; the keeper closed him down quick enough which saw Joe hit his shot straight at the keeper.
Institute opened the scoring with Joe McCready powering the ball home. After great work coming down the right hand side and cutting in by Stephen Curry, which saw his shot parried away by the Ard’s Goalkeeper and fell kindly to Joe in the middle of the penalty area, in which he drilled the ball home for his first.
Ards were quick to equalise, after a minute or two of Stute scoring. The Ard’s team built up an attack from taking a quick throw in down the right, in which the Stute defence was a bit slow to react too and Chris Kingsberry picked out Ross Authurs who finished the ball into the back of the Stute net.
Five minutes before half time, saw Institute restore their lead, thanks to Joe McCready yet again. Yet another Ards defensive error let Stute come in from the right hand side, In which they failed to clear the ball and mark Joe McCready, who picked the ball up and dribbled through the box to slot home from close range.
In the second half both teams had lots of missed chances, although Stute had the most chances towards the end of the game to secure all three points. But still didn’t manage to convert them into goals.
Frustration got the better of a poor Ards team performance, which saw Aaron McKee get his marching orders for a confrontation with the Linesman and Jimmy McIlhagga saw red, after picking up his second yellow card with a late tackle on Ruairi McClean.
The final seconds of the game, was intense as Ards were awarded a free-kick at the edge of the Stute box, which saw Alan Ryan save the ball comfortably by a poor free-kick from Ards.
Man of the Match: Joe McCready