Gareth Brown just failed to score for 'Stute in the first half (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.com)
Saturday, 01 September 2018
Institute and Dungannon Swifts shared the spoils from this scoreless draw at the Brandywell.
The visitors created the first effort of note early one when Mark Patton crossed for Paul McElroy but he could only turn the ball straight at keeper Martin Gallagher. Ryan Harpur then offered a tame effort from the edge of the area.
Perhaps the best opening of the first half came towards the end when leading scorer Michael McCrudden crossed for Gareth Brown but he just narrowly failed to connect with the goal at his mercy.
'Stute had another opportunity not long after when Ronan Doherty had a go from 30-yards but Swifts keeper Alex Moore made the save look easy.
After the break Harpur turned another effort over from a corner with Cormac Burke later cutting in from the right only to send his curling shot wide before he turned provider to tee Johnny Lafferty up to head straight into Gallagher's arms.
Institute had a late flurry in an attempt to secure the points but despite a great build up Doherty fired wide, as did McCrudden soon after after a brilliant run from Callum Moorehead.
Institute: Gallagher, McLaughlin, Bonner, D. Curry, Doherty, S. Curry, McCrudden, Jarvis, Brown, Wilson, McIntyre subs Dunne (not used), A. Harkin (replaced McIntyre 60), Moorehead (replaced S. Curry 55), Scoltock (not used), J. Morrow (not used), McCready (not used), Henderson (replaced Brown 73)
Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Hegarty, Clucas, McMullan, McElroy, Harpur, O'Rourke, Patton, Lowe, Burke, Campbell subs Addis (not used), Dykes (not used), Teggart (replaced Campbell 80), Soares (replaced McMullan 80), Hutchinson (not used), Lafferty (replaced Patton 46), Upton (not used)
Referee: Steven Gregg