‘Stute consolidate second spot with convincing victory

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INSTITUTE consolidated their second placing in the Championship following what proved an emphatic victory over Bangor at Clandeboye Road on Saturday last.

A brace of second half goals from Ricky Lee Dougherty and a Michael McCrudden strike saw the Drumahoe men claim maximum points at the seaside venue and it was a win which keeps ‘Stute perched at the business end of the Championship table.

While nothing could be taken for granted, Institute always looked the dominant side with lowly Bangor content to place large numbers behind the ball in the hope of scoring in break-away situations.

And with the scoreline blank at the break, Frankie Wilson will have been content that his gameplan had been working well.

In fact, Bangor continued to defend throughout the second half but Ricky Lee Dougherty changed the total pattern of the game when he netted twice in the space of as many minutes.

The Donemana man’s opening goal forced Bangor to switch their tactics and when Dougherty burst through to add a second, the home side were in serious trouble.

Indeed, ‘Stute netted a third goal in the 84th minute - three goals in 10 minute spell - and the visitors secured what could prove a vital victory at a tricky away venue.

Carlyle Delighted

Assistant boss, Paul Carlyle (below), was delighted with the effort put in and, indeed, the fact that his players refused to give up hope.

“To be honest, I think we play too much of a long ball game during the opening period, which is so unlike us,” noted Carlyle.

“But once we got the ball wide and kept it down, things started to work in our favour. When we finally broke the deadlock in the 74th minute, the pressure was off and I think it was plain sailing.

“Ricky Lee netted a second and Michael McCrudden scored a superb goal to end the match as a contest, so we’re delighted with the effort put in and, of course, with the result,” he said.

‘Stute keeper, Marty Gallagher, will also be delighted with the performance, the Riverside Stadium custodian having now recorded four consecutive clean sheets as he prepares for next Saturday’s home clash against Coagh United.