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UUJ 0-1 Institute

Institute went in to this potential banana skin against UUJ in the Intermediate Cup with the absence of 3 strikers, Stephen Parkhouse due to suspension, Mark Kelly and Joe McCready through injury. The first half saw Institute in control of proceedings against a hard working UUJ rearguard who were content to soak up what Institute could throw at them. Half chances fell to centre half Paddy McLaughlin who struck an effort the wrong side of the post and a well hit effort from Darren McCauley which was well blocked by the UUJ defence. Indeed UUJ themselves had a counter attack which brought the best out of Stute keeper Marty Gallagher. Stute did have a goal ruled out for a dubious off-side when Ryan Browne headed in from 6 yards out but at half time 0-0. The second half was similiar to first half proceedings with Stute controlling and probing but in the final third lacking the guile and creativity to make the breakthrough. On the 60th minute a change in personel with returning forward Darren McFadden after an ankle break replaced Davitt Walsh and within 5 minutes of entering the fray scored what proved to be the only and decisive goal of the game. Good interchanging passing from Dean Jarvis and Dean Carlyle fed big Darren who coolly slotted past the UUJ keeper. For the remainder of the game ‘Stute’ were in control but credit to the UUJ team all over the pitch they continued to harry and harass testament to their great work ethic. A few half chances came and went from Dean Carlyle and Darren McFadden – but ultimately a quite comfortable 1-0 was the final score-line. Special mention to the hospitality put on by UUJ. Top class. As was the performance of the referee who controlled the game without the use of yellow cards and certainly one of the best performances of a ref all season.

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