Peter Hutton’s Derry City visited the Riverside Stadium on Monday night in order to play a friendly encounter against Institute ahead of the Sky Blue’s NIFL Premiership opener this weekend away to Dungannon Swifts.
With the likes of Cliff Byrne, Sean Houston, Stephen Dooley, and Ryan Curran all featuring for the Candystripes – it was always going to be a difficult ask for the home team to achieve any sort of result in this tie – and unfortunately the visitors managed to leave with a 3-0 win thanks to first-half goals from Stephen Dooley and a brace from Ryan Curran.
Paul Kee opted to field two completely separate line-ups in each half, giving game time to his entire first-team squad which was registered for Saturday’s fixture last week, and allowing for himself and assistant John Cunningham to get a last gasp opportunity to finalise their chosen starting eleven in the lead-up to the beginning of the competitive season.
Despite the scoreline, the match was in reality a close-fought contest – but in the end it was Derry who proved most clinical in front of goal, promising efforts from Stephen O’Flynn and Darren McFadden failing to materialise into any sort of consolation finishes for the hosts.
Derry City Team: Ciaran Gallagher (Michael Lynch 80’), Cliff Byrne (Conor Barr 80’), Dean Jarvis (Shay Dunlop 80’), Shaun Kelly, Shane McEleney, Philip Lowry (Aidan McCauley 55’), Sean Houston (George Kelly 72’), Josh Tracey (Ryan Doherty 70’), Stephen Dooley (Michael Barr 45’), Tony McNamee, Ryan Curran.
Institute First-Half Team: Michael Doherty, Graeme Crown, Paddy McLaughlin, Colm McLaughlin, Stephen Curry, Jude Ballard, Dwayne McManus, Lee Toland, Darren McCauley, Stephen O’Flynn, Jamie McIntyre.
Institute Second-Half Team: Corey Wilson, Mark Scoltock, Aaron Walsh, Dean Curry, Matty Young, Ryan Varma, Thomas McBride (Mehawl Martin 72’), Declan McKeever, Robbie Hume, Darren McFadden, Ben Doherty (Gary Henderson 72’).
Referee: Stephen Wallace.