Aaron Jarvis grabbed Institute's late winner (©INPHO/Brian Little)
Saturday, 23 March 2019
An Aaron Jarvis goal right at the end earned Institute victory over Coleraine and the three points that secured their top flight status for another season.
'Stute enjoyed the first effort of note on nine minutes when Paul Smith beat the offside trap but was denied by Chris Johns, before the Coleraine keeper pulled off another stop to thwart Ronan Wilson.
However, the first half was largely bereft of clear cut openings, with Stephen Curry seeing a tame effort saved while, for Coleraine, Josh Carson headed an Eoin Bradley cross wide.
There was a brief flurry before the break when Smith had an effort easily saved with Ryan Morrow's shot moments later blocked by the defence.
The second half failed to produce much more in terms of scoring opportunities, with Johns again coming out on top to deal with a Smith effort just before the hour.
Coleraine had an all too rare opening on 66 minutes after Jamie Glackin and James McLaughlin combined to tee up Carson but Martin Gallagher was able to comfortably gather.
Played switched to the other end with Johns once more denying Smith, this time from a well executed free-kick.
Both sides had one late chance. Carson found McLaughlin with a superb ball on 87 minutes but the shot that followed drifted off target.
What proved to be the winner came right at the end of normal time when Jarvis was on hand to tap home from close range after Wilson's run through the midfield.
Institute: Gallagher, R. Morrow, C. McLaughlin, D. Curry, Dunne, S. Curry, Jarvis, McIntyre, Wilson, Smith, McBride subs Kelly (not used), Moorehead (replaced S. Curry 89), Scoltock (not used), J. Morrow (replaced McBride 77), Brown (replaced Smith 90+3), Leppard (not used), E. McLaughlin (not used)
Coleraine: Johns, Douglas, Lowry, Bradley, Carson, McConaghie, B. Doherty, Edgar, Glackin, Shiels, King subs M. Doherty (not used), Mullan (not used), McLaughlin (replaced Bradley 57), Crown (not used), Parkhill (replaced Glackin 77), McGonigle (not used), Burke (replaced Shiels 57)
Referee: Lee Tavinder
|Paul Smith||90 +3|
|Gareth Brown||90 +3|