Institute celebrate winning the Bluefin Sport Championship (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Institute defeated Loughgall 3-0 at Wilton Park to clinch the Bluefin Sport Championship and promotion back to the top flight.
Paddy McLaughlin's side thought they had got off to the perfect start when, after just two minutes, Niall Grace saw a goalbound header come back off the line.
As it was, 'Stute needed to wait until the 49th minute to go in front when Callum Moorehead did well down the right to find Michael McCrudden who duly knocked the ball past Loughgall 'keeper Gareth Buchanan.
That was how it stayed until two goals in the final moments secured the points and the title.
Gareth Brown made it 2-0 on 87 minutes after firing home on the break before, soon after, McCrudden added a third after latching onto a long ball from Aaron Jarvis.
Institute: Gallagher, R. Morrow, Seydak, Scoltock, D. Curry, Grace, Moorehead, A. Harkin, Jarvis, McCrudden, Dunne subs J. Morrow (replaced Grace 75), Bonner (not used), Wilson (replaced Moorehead 63), Brown (replaced Dunne 60), S. Curry (not used)
Loughgall: Buchanan, Rea, P. Campbell, Copeland, Finlay, McMaster, Ferris, Neill, Liggett, Hoey, McConnell subs Stretton (replaced Hoey 86), McDowell (replaced Ferris 57), Robinson (not used)
Referee: Declan Hassan