Institute's Alex Pomeroy (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 11 February 2017
Institute went close to taking an early lead but Raymond Foy's 25-yard curling effort was kept out by a fully stretched Knockbreda 'keeper Ryan McBride.
Just before the half-hour mark Bobby Burns was inches away from giving the visitors the lead, but his left footed volley came crashing back off the bar.
The deadlock was broken on 36 minutes as Jamie McIntyre, was brought down inside the box by Andrew Ferguson. Referee Garvin Taggart pointed to the spot and Michael McCrudden made no mistake with the resutling effort from 12 yards.
On 42 minutes the home side went close to adding a second, but Gareth Brown's shot from a tight angle, which had McBride beaten, rattled the bar.
The visitors brought on Abiola Sanusi at the break and the big striker made a massive difference to the Belfast men. Sanusi was a handful and he created a super chance on 61 minutes when his cut-back found Mark Cooling on the edge of the box, but the midfielder dragged his shot wide.
Knockbreda deservedly levelled things on 71 minutes as Cooling's free-kick from the right, found Burns and his powerful header from 10 yards flew past Martin Gallagher.
'Stute boss Kevin Deery brought on substitute Alex Pomeroy for Brown just before the hour mark and the young striker scored the all important second goal on 85 minutes. He played a neat one-two with McCrudden on the halfway line, calmly raced clear of the 'Breda defence, before showing great skill to dink the ball over McBride from an acute angle.
The points were sealed on 89 minutes as Sammy Morrow scored his first goal for the Waterside men, planting the ball home from the penalty spot, after Niall Grace had been brought down inside the box.
Institute: Gallagher, Devlin, R. Morrow, O'Donnell, Scoltock, Foy, Brown, Grace, S. Morrow, McIntyre, McCrudden subs McDermott (replaced Devlin 69), Pomeroy (replaced Brown 57), Jarvis (not used), Roddy (replaced Scoltock 78), Muldoon (not used)
Knockbreda: McBride, King, Ferguson, McBurney, Cockcroft, Burns, Devine, Cooling, McNeill, Parker, Perry subs Patterson (replaced Ferguson 86), Halliday (not used), Pike (not used), Johnston (not used), Sanusi (replaced Perry 46)
Referee: Garvin Taggart