A disastrous second half saw ten-man Loughgall crash out the Irish Cup at the hands of Danske Bank Premiership side Institute. The first period would have been pleasing for new boss Noel Mitchell as his outfit pressed high up the pitch to unsettle Stute and take a strong foothold in the fixture. However the hosts took control of the game in the second half, to run up a hefty scoreline, that culminated in Loughgall goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan receiving his marching orders.
There were starts for new signings Wesley Boyle, Aaron Patterson and Matty Reynolds whilst Glen Clarke was named on the substitutes bench.
After a promising start Loughgall took the lead on 12 minutes when Warner Mullen received Wesley Boyle’s smart reverse pass. The striker crossed low into the area and Stephen Ferguson converted from close range.
The Villagers continued their impressive start and almost netted a second when Boyle’s drive from outside the area was tipped over by Stute ‘keeper Marty Gallagher.
The hosts came close to levelling on 16 minutes when Robbie Hume and Darren McFadden exchanged passes however the former dragged his effort narrowly wide of the mark.
Institute did find an equaliser on 24 minutes when Hume, running into the penalty area, slipped a pass for McFadden to score beyond goalkeeper Buchanan.
Stute took the lead in the 52nd minute when a counter-attack resulted in Stephen Curry rifling home from the right-hand edge of the penalty area.
And the hosts scored again two minutes later when the ball fell nicely from Hume’s header, from Aaron Walsh’s cross, for Dwayne McManus to volley inside the post past Buchanan.
Institute settled the win after 58 minutes when Loughgall ‘keeper Buchanan fouled striker McFadden inside the area. From the resultant penalty McManus fired high into the top corner giving Buchanan no chance.
On 73 minutes the home side scored their fifth goal when Aaron Walsh blasted home inside the penalty area. The goal drew vociferous protests from the Loughgall players as they argued Walsh was offside when he received the ball from McFadden. Goalkeeper Buchanan was shown a red card meaning Warner Mullen had to play the remaining 17 minutes in goals.
Institute: Gallagher, Crown, McLaughlin, O’Donnell, Bradley; Forker (McKeever 76m), Walsh, McManus (Young 70m); S Curry, McFadden (Burke 80m), Hume.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Carson, Black (Clarke 69m), Copeland, Stewart, Dallas (Montgomery 82m), Ferguson, Reynolds, Boyle, Mullen, Patterson (Ferris 58m).