Gareth Brown (40)
Joe McCready (44)

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Gareth Brown opened the scoring for 'Stute (Picture: Lorcan Doherty/PressEye.com)

'STUTE STRIKE TWICE BEFORE BREAK TO CLAIM POINTS

Two goals late in the first half helped Institute defeat Newry City at The Showgrounds.

There were few scoring opportunities created during the opening exchanges with perhaps the best chance coming on 20 minutes when Declan Carville went clear down the left only to finish with a weak right-foot shot straight at the visiting keeper.

For Institute, Joe McCready volleyed just over not long after the half-hour mark from a Michael McCrudden knockdown.

But the deadlock was broken on 40 minutes. An Aaron Harkin cross wasn't picked up by the Newry defence allowing Gareth Brown to nip in at the back post. City keeper Andy Coleman got a hand to Brown's initial effort but couldn't do anything about the rebound.

Then, four minutes after that, McCready added a second. Harkin provided the telling ball again, from a free-kick, which was flicked against McCready by Carville and from there looped beyond Coleman into the net.

Mark Hughes might have pulled one back for Newry six minutes after the break with a low effort from the edge of the area which narrowly wide.

Then, on the hour, Keith Johnston sent over a corner which Carville directed towards goal with Mark McCabe nodding it inches over from close range.

'Stute came close to extending their advantage later in the game after Callum Moorehead worked his way into the area to produce a smart stop from Coleman.

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Newry City: Coleman, King, Boyle, McCann, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, M. Hughes, Johnston, Teggart, McArdle subs Maguire (not used), Walker (not used), Lavery (replaced Johnston 67), Delaney (replaced Teggart 67), Mullen (replaced McArdle 57), Healy (not used), Durnin (not used)

Institute: Gallagher, McLaughlin, Bonner, D. Curry, Doherty, A. Harkin, McCrudden, Jarvis, Brown, Wilson, McCready subs R. Morrow (not used), Scoltock (not used), S. Curry (replaced McCready 86), Moorehead (replaced Brown 75), Dunne (not used), J. Morrow (not used), Henderson (not used)

Referee: Philip Farrugia

Attendance: 450

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