High-flying ‘Stute hand Smith his first defeat

Thursday, 24 November 2016

High-flying ‘Stute hand Smith his first defeat thumbnailMarcus Dallas assesses his options as he moves into the Institute half during their 2-1 league defeat at Lakeview Park on Saturday.

LOUGHGALL manager Dean Smith suffered his first defeat as manager as title-chasing Institute left Lakeview Park with all three points thanks to a second half brace from Stephen Curry.

Loughgall ...1
Institute ...2

The visitors had taken the lead just six minutes after the start of the second half when Curry slotted home at the back post.

Loughgall equalised with an effort from Ricky Copeland, but it was the Drumahoe based outfit that left with all three points as Curry fired past Buchanan with a low drive with just 20 minutes left in the tie.

It was the visitors who made the first foray forward and with 11 minutes on the clock, former Finn Harps striker Sean McCarron rattled the cross bar with a stunning 25 yard drive.

Loughgall regained their composure and with half an hour on the clock they should have taken the lead.

Marc McConnell collected a loose ball on the edge of the box and his clever pass found Warner Mullen.

However, the Strabane native couldn't find the net from close range.

On the stroke of half-time former Newcastle United trainee Michael McCrudden somehow missed the target from close range.

Loughgall goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan was caught of out after he failed to deal with a Curry cross.

Jamie McIntyre squared the ball for McCrudden, who deceived Copeland on the goal-line but much to the amazement of everyone in the ground he side-footed the ball past the post.

After the half-time interval it was the visitors that came out and started in a more positive fashion.

On 51 minutes a great attacking move from Kevin Deery's charges saw Curry fire home at the back post to give them the lead.

Loughgall responded well and they equalised with 66 minutes on the clock.

Ricky Copeland rose highest to meet subsitute Jack Uprichard's curling corner to level the scores.

'Stute regained the lead five minutes later when Curry ran unchallenged for 15 yards before rifling a low drive into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Buchanan.

Curry almost completed his hat-trick in the final ten minutes however he couldn't keep his low shot on target when well placed.

Loughgall pressed forward strongly in the frantic closing stages; Peter Campbell glanced the crossbar with a cross before Andy Devlin forced an excellent low save from 'keeper Marty Gallagher.

In injury time the Villagers were reduced to ten men as centre-back Chris Elliott was shown a straight red card for tripping 'Stute substitute Ryan Doherty 35 yards from goal, a foul which referee Glenn Taylor deemed to be a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Loughgall: Buchanan, Devlin, Taylor (Mallon 89), Copeland, Elliott, McCann (Jack Uprichard 53), Dallas, Canning, McConnell (John Uprichard 81), Mullen, Campbell.

Unused subs: McMaster.

Institute: Gallagher, O'Donnell, McFadden, Scoltock, McDermott, A Harkin, S Curry (Roddy 90), C Harkin, McCrudden, McCarron (Pomeroy 73), McIntyre (Doherty 71).

Unused subs: Deery, Muldoon.


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