Goals from Parkhouse and Mullan were enough for Stute to progress to the next of the Irish Cup. Institute beat Raithland Rangers 2-1 and then after the game were drawn at home to winner of Tobermore and Kilmore Rec who drew and will have to replay.
Institute made laboured progress in to the 6th round of the Irish cup with a tougher tie than what first appeared. Stute got off to the perfect after 15 mins when good work down the left found Graeme Taylor who crossed along the six yard box with Stephen Parkhouse at the back post who had the easy task of scoring a couple of yards out.
Number 2 was soon to follow with the help of some indecisive Rathfriland defending allowing new recruit Warner Mullan to open his Stute account with a sharp turn and shot. Stute were to contribute to their own downfall for the 3rd goal of the game when a foul on Aaron Walsh was missed by the official the ball breaking down the right and a timid cross in to the box was needlessly palmed out by Stute keeper Corey Wilson and the Rathfriland player making no mistake.
Half time 2-1.
Second half saw more of the same with Stute enjoying lot’s of possession, but in the final third lacking a cutting edge indeed Rathfriland enjoyed a succession of dangerous corners with the Stute holding firm. Half chances came and went for Stute with McCauley and Mullan maybe doing better. The scoreline remained the same and earned Stute a last 16 tie at home to Tobermore or Kilmore rec.
Final score Stute 2. Rathfriland 1