Paul McElroy struck twice in the second half for Dungannon (©INPHO/Brian Little)
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Paul McElroy bagged a second half double as Dungannon Swifts came from behind to beat Institute at Stangmore Park.
'Stute moved in front as early as the fourth minute when Dean Curry connected with Michael McCrudden's free-kick to glance a header past Niall Morgan.
And the visitors almost doubled their advantage after a quarter-of-an-hour only for Grant Hutchinson to head Gareth Brown's shot to safety at the last moment.
Dungannon might have levelled just after the half-hour mark when, from a superb Mark Patton cross, Corey McMullan side-footed wide from close range.
Then, on the stroke of half-time, Patton went even closer with a left-sided delivery which clipped the Institute crossbar.
Kris Lindsay's side did level on 52 minutes with McElroy's first of the game, a successfully converted spot-kick after he had been brought down following a mazy run into the area.
McElroy doubled his tally on 76 minutes with the goal that ultimately earned the Swifts the points from the follow up after keeper Martin Gallagher parried a Patton shot into his path.
But, in the closing moments, Curry almost earned Institute a point with what would have been his second of the afternoon only for his long range effort to crash off the crossbar.
Dungannon Swifts: Morgan, Dykes, Hegarty, Clucas, McMullan, McElroy, Teggart, Patton, Lowe, Hutchinson, Lafferty subs Moore, Armstrong, O'Rourke, Soares, Burke, Campbell, Smyth
Institute: Gallagher, R. Morrow, McLaughlin, Bonner, D. Curry, Doherty, McCrudden, Jarvis, Brown, Wilson, McCready subs Kelly, Moorehead, Scoltock, McIntyre, N. Harkin, McCallion, Henderson
Referee: Keith Kennedy
|Mark Patton||90 +2|
|Alan Teggart||90 +2|
|David Armstrong||90 +2|