Loughgall fell to defeat in their final home league game of the season in an entertaining game that produced seven goals, five of which were scored in a 20 minute spell in the second period.
Boss Colin Malone had to contend with another much-changed team he was forced into making five changes from last week’s starting line-up at Dergview. Out went Symon Ferguson, Jeff Brady, Mark Stewart, Steven Ferguson and Dale Malone to be replaced with Marc Robinson, Gavin Fox, Alain Emerson, Thai Blevins and Daryl Flanaghan.
Stute got off to the best possible start as they took the lead inside the first minute when John Curran got on the end of Dean Jarvis’ corner delivery.
Loughgall missed a good chance to equalise on 16 minutes when ‘keeper Marc Robinson’s long goal-kick found its way through to Steven Doyle, however the striker couldn’t keep his left-footed effort on target.
The leveller came in the 32nd minute when Adam Pedlow received a pass just inside his own half before playing a smart reverse pass into Greg Hall’s path, the right-back raced downfield before confidently slotting past ‘keeper Marty Gallagher.
Institute continued to threaten and forced goalkeeper Robinson into an excellent diving save to deny Sean Roddy’s free-kick on the edge of the penalty area just before the break.
The hosts raced into the lead early in the second period thanks to Steven Doyle’s 19th goal of the season, however this lead was short-lived as Stute levelled through Jarvis’ headed effort on 51 minutes.
And one minute later they were back in the ascendency when Davitt Walsh saw his sweetly-struck shot tucked up in the bottom corner beyond the reaches of Robinson.
To continue the blistering start to the second half, Loughgall levelled through a counter-attack on the hour mark that resulted in Adam Pedlow stepping back inside onto his favoured right foot and picking his spot past ‘keeper Gallagher.
The winner came just six minutes later through a penalty as Gavin Fox upended an opponent, adjudged by the referee, to be inside the area. Roddy stepped up and send goalkeeper Robinson the wrong way.
Loughgall rallied for the remaining minutes but couldn’t find a way past the Institute defence; their best opportunity came in the 70th minute when Thai Blevins played a pass across the 18-yard box for Aaron Willis. The tricky winger hit a first-time effort that was heading for the top corner only to be denied by a fantastic stop by Gallagher.
Loughgall: Robinson, Hall, Emerson, Hull, Fox, Willis, Blevins (Guy 73m), Hawthorne, Flanaghan (Herron 73m), S Doyle, Pedlow (McCourt 73m). Unused subs: N Doyle, Hylands.
Institute: Gallagher, Roddy, Taylor, Curran, McLaughlin (Crown 86m), McEneff, Semple (McCarron 23m), McCauley, Walsh (Harkin 71m), McCrudden, Jarvis. Unused subs: Glackin, McCready.