LIMAVADY UNITED . . . . . . . . . .0
INSTITUTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
INSTITUTE delivered a statement of intent to their fellow title rivals with a ruthless demolition job on North West neighbours, Limavady United at Rathmor Road on Saturday.
Striker, Robbie Hume netted twice to take his impressive personal tally to four league goals from three games.
And Aaron Walsh and Darren McCauley added two further strikes with an own goal doing the final damage as ‘Stute inflicted a demoralising defeat on an understrength ‘Roesiders’.
The emphatic win moved the Drumahoe men into fifth spot on seven points with a game in hand over the four teams above them.
Manager, Paul Kee will be delighted that his side have now scored 13 league goals from their opening three fixtures having stressed the importance of keeping a healthy goal difference this season.
It proved a derby day disaster for Timmy Dixon’s team with over half the ‘Roesiders’ first choice 11 absent.
And it was the Rathmor Road club’s record-equalling defeat in the Championship!
After a fairly even opening 20 minutes, which gave little indication of what was to follow, the game took a decisive turn. The ‘Roesiders’ had been in the game, and apart from a fine instinctive save by McGraw from Henderson’s long range effort, there had been nothing of incident.
But United fell behind on 25 minutes when Hume was allowed to run across the penalty box and had time to tap home McKeever’s wicked left wing cross at the near post, with the ball bouncing down off the bar and into the net.
Two minutes later Aaron Walsh’s speculative long distance effort was deflected over McGraw, and the home side had a mountain to climb.
Their only response was a weak shot from McFadden that went wide on the half hour. They suffered another blow when their only recognised forward, Tony Clyde limped off. The second half started with a great chance for Institute to kill off the game as McFadden nearly scored from close range, but was foiled by a desperate close range block.
Just before the hour there was a brief flurry from United, as first Morrison side footed just wide and then, after a move that went the whole length of the pitch, Johnny Hume shot straight at Doherty. United then forced three corners in quick succession, but no avail, and their resistance fizzled out.
The visitors now launched attack after attack, with most of the game now being contested in and around the United box.
And McGraw was forced to produce several top class saves. First McAuley shot wide and then Hume was through and shot, but McGraw was down smartly to save. McAuley scored with a 68th minute penalty after McGregor upended McFadden, scoring in the bottom left hand corner.
Four minutes later United were cut open as Hume netted his second, collecting a through ball and drilling the ball under McGraw.
The diminutive striker squandered several chances for his hat-trick, but in the 80th minute he was foiled by a brilliant save, only for the rebound off McGraw to cross the line from a deflection off Mullan, as United’s own goal jinx struck again. ‘Stute sought to add to the score as United were completely overrun, but wasteful finishing - especially from Hume who blazed over from point blank range, and McFadden who had a free header over the bar - ensured there was no further score.
Limavady United - McGraw, Harkin, A Mullan, McGregor, Browne, Logue (McMullan 84), Lowry (McCallion 56), G McFadden, Clyde ( McIvor 44), J Hume, Morrison.
Subs not used: Burke, Harley.
Institute - Doherty, Devlin, McKeever, Crossan, P McLaughlin, Henderson ( Varma 83), McAuley, Walsh (J McLaughlin 83), Carlin (Reilly 68), R Hume, McFadden.
Subs not used: Parkhouse, Gallagher
Referee - Stephen Wallace (Derry).