Stute celebrate first success of top-flight return
Institute secured the first win since their return to Premiership football with a hard fought success over Coleraine. Although at times the visitors had their chances, it was the Drumahoe outfit who were clinical at the other end.
Paul Kee's side had Stephen Curry and Darren McCauley to thank with two sublime strikes and in truth those goals meant their confidence grew in the second half and in the end they should have won by a bigger margin.
The home side made four changes to the side that drew at Dungannon Swifts on Saturday, with Curry, Mark Forker, Lee Toland and Aaron Walsh all coming into the starting line-up.
As for the visitors they had only one change to their side with the now-departed David McDaid being replaced by youngster Ian Parkhill.
It was that man Parkhill who had the first chance of the game on three minutes but after a lung bursting run the striker's tame shot from just inside the box was easily saved by Stute goalkeeper Michael Doherty.
The home side created their first chance on 10 minutes but after showing some neat skill, McCauley saw his shot from a tight angle hit the side netting.
Moments later, Doherty came to his side's rescue when at full stretch he did superbly well to keep out Shane McGinty's well hit 20-yard drive.
Both sides made changes at the break with Stute bringing on Declan McKeever to take the place of Toland, while Ryan McIlmoyle replaced Johnny Watt.
Once again it was the visitors who settled the better after the break. However, it was the Drumahoe men who managed to take the lead, and they did so in sublime fashion.
Young winger Curry, who was making his first start in Premiership football, made no mistake blasting home from long range giving Coleraine keeper Eugene Ferry no chance.
Ferry was picking the ball out of his net again on 73 minutes and once again he had no chance after McCauley's left-footed strike from 20 yards nestled in the bottom corner, after he initially had linked up well with the impressive Curry.
With their tails up, the Londonderry men were inches away from getting a third after another outstanding passing move, which involved Curry, McCauley and Stephen O'Flynn, but the big striker's side footed effort from 10 yards clipped the post.
In the closing stages, O'Flynn and McCauley went close, but on both occasions they didn't trouble Ferry.
Institute: Doherty, P McLaughlin, Scoltock, Crown; Curry, Forker (Ballard 82), Walsh, Toland (McKeever H-T); McManus, McCauley, O'Flynn.
Coleraine: Ferry, Watt (McIlmoyle H-T), Canning, Beverland, Mullan; McGinty (Lyons 75), Hegarty, McCafferty, McNeill; Browne, Parkhill.
Referee: Tim Marshall (Irvinestown).
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