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Friars hoping Roesiders' Cup win can inspire safety

Limavady United 0 Institute 0 AET, Limavady win 3-1 on penalties

Championship strugglers Limavady United celebrated success at the weekend after beating top flight Institute on penalties in the Eventsec North West Cup final.

Roesiders manager Sean Friars will be hoping that the knockout victory can inspire his players to produce the goods in the league and escape relegation.

It has been a testing season for Friars and his team, who sit bottom of the Championship and will go down unless they can overhaul PSNI and Dergview.

PSNI, in second bottom and the play-off place, are eight points ahead of Limavady while Ivan Sproule's Dergview are 10 clear.

Institute, who had won their last two Irish Premiership fixtures, started Saturday's Cup final at the Limavady Showgrounds as favourites but failed to make a breakthrough in 120 minutes of football.

United goalkeeper Connor Brown proved to be the hero for his team in unlikely circumstances, hitting the winning spot-kick to claim the trophy.

Prior to the shoot-out, Brown saved well from Institute's Joe McCready in the second half of normal time before seeing Jake Morrow's deflected strike from distance hit his bar.

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Limavady went close themselves but had to wait until the penalties to savour the best moment of their season to date.


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