Armagh City 0
Institute started the more brightly in Saturday’s Championship clash at Drumahoe, but City soon got a foothold in the game with a Philip Donnelly shot being pushed away for a corner by keeper Gallagher.
A minute later the keeper again had to come to the home side’s rescue when he blocked Andrew Hoey’s goal-bound shot.
The strong running of Connor Mullen was creating a constant threat to the home defence and just before the half hour mark an excellent flick by Shea Campbell found Mullen whose touch for once let him down.
Just before the interval the roles were reversed with Mullen putting in Campbell but it took a last ditch tackle to stop the striker getting his shot away.
Institute had an early half chance at the start of the second half but Stephen Curry had his close range strike blocked by Jonny McSorley.
The game changed in the 55th minute when Philip Donnelly received a straight red card for an alleged elbow as he attempted to shield the ball from an opponent. Initially players from both sides and spectators thought he had been sent off for something he had said. The incident was made even more confusing by the fact that not only were there no claims from the Institute players but neither was the alleged victim aware that any offence had been committed.
Within a minute the deadlock was broken as the home side took the lead thanks to a super piece of skill by Jamie McIntyre. The right-winger got to the bye-line before cutting the ball back to Gareth Brown, who side-footed home from close range.
Just after the hour mark the woodwork came to the City’s rescue when McIntyre’s lob from just inside the box came back off the crossbar.
Institute sealed the points 4 minutes from time when Curry made no mistake from close range after the ball fell kindly for him inside the six yard box.
A very harsh result on a City side which up until the time they were reduced to ten men were the better side. Despite the defeat it would be difficult to criticise any player on their performance as all played well including substitute Ernestus Verenka who was lively when he came off the bench.
Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Toal, Mallon, Carvill, Mullen, McSorley (Rice), Donnelly, Bell, Hoey (Buchanan), Campbell (Verenka). Subs not used: S McGerrigan and McDowell