Jamie McIntyre (16)
Stephen Curry (62)
Stephen Curry (72)

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Jason Johnston (85)

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Stephen Curry scored twice for Institute (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/PressEye.com)

CURRY DOUBLE HELPS 'STUTE THROUGH TO PLAY-OFFS

Institute earned their place in the Danske Bank Premiership promotion/relegation play-offs following this defeat of Ballyclare Comrades at the Riverside Stadium.

'Stute overturned a one-goal deficit from the first leg to progress to meet Carrick Rangers home and away next week for a right to play in the top flight next season.

Jamie McIntyre opened the scoring on 16 minutes to bring Kevin Deery's side level on aggregate after connecting with a through ball to beat Paddy Flood with a right-foot finish.

It was almost 2-0 on 38 minutes but Sammy Morrow could only look on as his attempted lob drifted just the wrong side of the target.

Stephen Curry then might have added Institute's second ten minutes after the break with a pile driver which Flood did well to tip over.

However, Curry went one better just after the hour when, from a Morrow flick, he lifted the ball beyond Flood's reach to hand 'Stute the advantage.

Then, on 72 minutes, Curry struck again after making the most of some poor Ballyclare defending to effectively put the game beyond doubt.

Clifford Adams' side did rally in the closing moments. John Dobbin struck an upright before, on 85 minutes, substitute Jason Johnston pulled one back some hope with five minutes remaining when he turned the ball beyond Martin Gallagher.

Institute host Carrick Rangers in the first leg on Tuesday 9th, before the return at the Belfast Loughshore Arena next Friday (12th). Both games kick-off at 7:45pm.

Institute: Gallagher, Roddy, D. Curry, O'Donnell, Scoltock, Foy, S. Curry, Grace, S. Morrow, McCrudden, McIntyre subs Brown (replaced Morrow 82), Devlin (replaced McIntyre 90+1), Jarvis (not used), McDermott (replaced Grace 74), Muldoon (not used)

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Brown, Gray, McMullan, Woods, Youle, O'Hanlon, Dobbin, Trussell, Lynch, Robinson subs Johnston (replaced Lynch 46), McIlveen (replaced O'Hanlon 74), McCart (not used), Taggart (replaced Robinson 72), McKnight (not used)

Referee: Peter McGrath

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