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Scullion's deadly double leaves Institute in the mire

By David Mason

Glentoran's David Scullion grabbed a glorious double at the rain-lashed Oval and then insisted there was more to come!

Eddie Patterson's team bounced back from their Boxing Day defeat by rivals Linfield with a comprehensive victory over an Institute side now haunted by the threat of relegation.

Young guns Danny McKee and Jordan Stewart were also on the mark for the east Belfast side with Robbie Hume grabbing a consolation for the visitors.

"We were without Curtis Allen, so I suppose a lot of the scoring responsibilities fell on me," said Scullion.

"I think that is nine goals for the season for me. My initial target was double figures, so I'll adjust it if necessary. Hopefully, there is a few more to come. I was just delighted to get on the score sheet.

"Institute are fighting for their lives, so we knew it would be tough.

"People keep talking about us finishing in a top four place and so on, but our main aim is to catch the team above us. It's probably boring, but that's the way it is."

Scullion struck after only 11 minutes in Glentoran's first meaningful surge forward.

The diminutive Stewart sent Marcus Kane hurtling clear on the left and his cross was stroked home by the former Coleraine man.

Stewart then whipped in a cross from the right on 23 minutes that goalkeeper Martin Gallagher was relieved to mop up at the base of the post, with Scullion lurking.

But it was Gallagher's blunder that gifted the Glens their second goal four minutes later. He was forced into a reckless clearance by the long striding Stephen Gordon, hoofing the ball only to Barry Holland, whose effort was knocked off the line by Steven O'Donnell, but McKee was unforgiving from six yards.

Institute grabbed a consolation on 63 minutes, but Elliott Morris will not be rushing to view the television highlights. Hume's 20 yard free kick completely deceived the Glens' shot-stopper after Matty Young was hauled down by an untidy challenge from Scullion.

But the hosts capped off a good afternoon's work with a fourth goal eight minutes from time. And it was by far the pick of the bunch with Scullion's cheeky chip looping over the embarrassed Gallagher and over the line via the base of the crossbar.

"We were punished for every mistake, but that's the way it is in this league," said Stute defender Paddy McLaughlin.

"We are now right down in the relegation mix. Every match is now massive. We still have a great belief in the dressing room, but we must start picking up points before it's too late."

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