Newry City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
INSTITUTE suffered their first league defeat of the season on Saturday as a late Newry City double substitution proved costly for the Drumahoe men.
Second half Newry substitutes, Daniel Hughes and Marty Havern both found the net to claim maximum points in what was the club’s first home league game of the season.
Newry had started brightly and after a couple of early chances from Stephen Hughes and Darragh Hanaphy, it was Mark Hughes who opened the scoring after nine minutes.
The goal was made after good work from Hanaphy who easily out-paced John Curran and bore down on goal only to be blocked.
Stephen Hughes recycled the ball to brother Mark, who curled a delightful effort into the roof of the net from distance.
Newry will have been disappointed not to have extended the lead and almost paid the price as the visitors came close to restoring parity.
Firstly ‘Stute striker, Joe McCreadie turned and fired in a shot from distance which clipped the top of the bar, before the same player had another effort that Nathan Morley-Hillen did well to turn around the post.
Institute had a third effort just wide, before Newry created another double chance before the break. Both fell to Donnelly, and both were kept out by Ryan; his first save a particularly impressive effort.
On 62 minutes, the game changed with a leveller for the visitors. Institute launched a long free kick into the Newry box which Morley-Hillen misjudged and Declan McKeever had an easy finish at the back post.
Newry had it all to do at this stage, but it was substitute Daniel Hughes who helped to turn the game for his side.
Stephen Hughes was denied by another Ryan save, before brother Daniel’s direct running began to push Institute onto the back foot. Daniel created a chance which Ruairi Devlin fired over, before he was again on the mark.
Donnelly did well to create pressure on a long through ball into the Institute box and the ball fell nicely for Hughes who slotted under Ryan from an acute angle.
Institute responded with a Corey Hegarty effort that went wide, before another sub sealed the win for City. A corner from Mark Hughes was missed by Copeland, but not Marty Havern who headed home.