Ronan Doherty bagged Institute's winner midway through the second half (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Newry City's Premiership survival hopes suffered a blow following this defeat to Institute at the Brandywell.
Darren Mullen's side are three points adrift at the foot of the table with an inferior goal difference to rivals Ards going into the final game of the campaign.
After a quiet opening to the game Newry were presented with a great chance when Stefan Lavery found himself through on goal but with only keeper Martin Gallagher to beat he slid the ball a yard wide.
At the other end Jamie Dunne got past a couple of defenders but his shot was stopped by Andy Coleman before, on the half-hour, Callum Moorehead beat his man before turning onto his right and curling the ball past Coleman from just inside the box.
Thomas McCann might have levelled just before the break but his 20-yard drive was well tipped over by Martin Gallagher.
However, Newry only had to wait nine minutes into the second half for their equaliser after John Boyle whipped in a cross from the left which Gallagher failed to deal with allowing Tiarnan Rushe to force the ball over the line.
And Boyle might have nudged the visitors in front moments after that but his header from a free-kick fell just wide.
But Institute regained the advantage on 64 minutes thanks to Ronan Doherty's curling effort, a lead they held for the remainder of the game.
Indeed, John Quigg's side - in his first game in charge - might have extended their lead when Paul Smith struck the crossbar with a free-kick a little later while City keeper Coleman produced a couple of saves to deny both Smith and substitute Stephen Curry.
Institute: Gallagher, R. Morrow, McLaughlin, Bonner, D. Curry, Doherty, Dunne, Moorehead, Jarvis, McCready, McBride subs S. Curry (replaced Dunne 60), J. Morrow (replaced McBride 69), Brown (not used), Kelly (not used), Smith (replaced McCready 57), Power (not used)
Newry City: Coleman, Noonan, Boyle, McCann, M. Hughes, Lavery, Rushe, Delaney, Teggart, Montgomery, Durnin subs Maguire (not used), Moody (replaced Lavery 81), Mullen (not used), Curran (not used), Pender (replaced Delaney 74), Pablo Cavalcante (replaced McCann 51)
Referee: Tony Clarke