Gareth Brown (04)

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Gareth Brown struck Institute's winner early in the game (Picture: Matt Mackey/PressEye.com)

BROWN WINNER KNOCKS 'BREDA OFF TOP

'Stute needed just four minutes to open the scoring when the ball broke from the right for Gareth Brown to beat David Ferguson with an assured finish.

'Breda might have levelled after a quarter-of-an-hour when Championship Player-of-the-Month Karl Hamill was only inches away with a deflected effort.

Niall Grace might twice have extended Institute's lead with a shot over from 25 yards on 23 minutes following by a header just wide a few minutes later.

Meanwhile, Ryan Arthur was denied Knockbreda's equaliser on 39 minutes when his header was well saved by Martin Gallagher.

After the break 'Stute should have gone further ahead only for Michael McCrudden to finish poorly after a good build-up while Jake Morrow was later denied by Ferguson after Brown had created the opening.

On 60 minutes a direct free kick by Ciaran Murray, from all of 35 yards, came close to levelled for 'Breda but was punched away by the Gallagher while, on 83 minutes, a further chance fell to Hamill but this was blocked as the visitors held on to secure a crucial three points.

Knockbreda: Ferguson, Pike, Patterson, Arthur, Culbert, Hamill, McBurney, Cooling, Cafolla, Cockcroft, Murray subs Irwin (replaced Culbert 72), Halliday (replaced Cafolla 65), Walls (replaced McBurney 80), Doran (not used), Sergeant (not used)

Institute: Gallagher, R. Morrow, Seydak, Bonner, D. Curry, Grace, S. Curry, A. Harkin, Brown, McCallion, Dunne subs Wilson (replaced S. Curry 73), Scoltock (not used), J. Morrow (replaced Dunne 85), Jarvis (not used), Friel-Curran (replaced Brown 76)

Referee: Ken Gibbons

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