McCrudden too hot to handle as Newry stay in the danger zone
Newry City 1 Institute 2
Newry City manager Darren Mullen offered no excuses for his side's below-par performance against Institute as they went four games without a win.
Two first-half goals by Michael McCrudden were enough for Institute to stretch their unbeaten run to six.
The 'Stute captain opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he beat the offside trap to go on and shoot past Andrew Coleman.
McCrudden doubled his side's lead with his 18th goal of the season just before the break from the penalty spot after Joe McCready was fouled, but Newry pulled a goal back at the start of the second half when Dale Montgomery converted another penalty after McCready was clearly taken down by Tiernan Rushe.
Both sides had chances to add to their tally but Coleman kept Newry in it with a superb point-blank stop to deny Ronan Wilson, before Martin Gallagher got a fingertip to Gavin Teggart's shot 10 minutes from time.
"The minimum requirement of this club is to put in maximum effort and we didn't do it and deserved nothing from it," said Mullen.
"I'm not going to make excuses for players. Once you pull the jersey on, you should be playing a lot better, and the majority of them didn't do that today."
'Stute boss Paddy McLaughlin once again had to hail sharp-shooter McCrudden.
"He's the leading goalscorer in the league and he's been top drawer for us right throughout the season," he said.
"It's vitally important that we try and keep him at the club for the remainder of the season."
NEWRY CITY: Coleman, Montgomery, King (McArdle, 33 mins), Noonan, Boyle, McCann, Walker, Teggart, Rushe (Delaney, 62 mins), S Hughes, Lavery (Mullen, 80 mins). Subs not used: Maguire, M Hughes, Johnston, Durnin.
INSTITUTE: Gallagher, McLaughlin, Bonner, D Curry, Doherty, A Harkin, S Curry (Moorehead, 74 mins), McCrudden (Brown, 81 mins), Jarvis, Wilson, McCready (J Morrow, 90 mins). Subs not used: R Morrow, McIntyre, N Harkin, McCallion
Referee: Ross Dunlop