Institute extended their advantage at the summit of the Bluefin Sport Championship to four points with a comfortable victory away to Loughgall.
After an even opening half-hour, Institute began to take control and they opened the scoring on 33 minutes through Michael McCrudden’s headed effort. Eamonn Seydak squared the ball, inside the penalty area, for Niall Grace who hit the bar with a close-range header and McCrudden was on hand to head home the rebound.
‘Stute netted a second in the 64th minute when Niall Grace pounced on Loughgall ‘keeper Gareth Buchanan’s mistake. Buchanan misjudged the flight of a cross and his weak punch fell kindly to Grace who finished from close range.
Grace grabbed his second goal with a superb effort from outside the penalty area, that curled low into the bottom corner out of the reach of Buchanan.
Loughgall striker Gary Liggett netted a late consolation goal in injury time when he did excellently to cut inside and fire home a left-footed shot inside the penalty area.
Loughgall: Buchanan, Neill, Rea, Montgomery, Stewart, McMaster (Finlay 76m), McConnell (Ferris 61m), Ferguson, Liggett, McDowell (Mullen 61m), Hoey. Unused subs: Stretton, Robinson.
Institute: Gallagher, R Morrow, Scoltock, D Curry, Seydak, Harkin, Jarvis (J Morrow 77m), Grace, Moorehead (Wilson 73m), McCrudden, Dunne (Brown 68m). Unused subs: Boyle, Curry.