Institute 4 Dundela 0
Institute have kept their Championship hopes alive with a crucial win at Drumahoe over title rivals Dundela in a game that will be remembered for the disgraceful behaviour of Duns manager Mark Snodden.
Goals in the 16th and 35th minutes from Stephen Parkhouse put the home side firmly in the driving seat at half time.
However, the main talking point of the first half – and the entire 90 minutes – surrounded the reaction of Snodden to a straight red card shown to Dundela centre half Andrew Ferguson.
The game was held up after Snodden, who had been sent from the bench for his protestations, returned along with club chairman Jackie Majury to confront the referee.
The game resumed after both were removed from the pitch.
Goalscoring sensation Stephen O’Flynn, who returned to the Stute line-up after missing several weeks due to a groin injury, put the game beyond the visitors in the 70th minute – it was the former Derry City forward’s 10th goal in six games since arriving at the Riverside during the “January transfer window.
Aaron Walsh completed the scoring in the 79th to seal the win that keeps the Derry side on top of the Championship table.
Prior to kick-off, tributes were paid to former Institute player, chairman and vice-chairman, Johnny Burnside, who died yesterday.
Institute: Doherty, Crown, Curran, P McLaughlin, McKeever; McCauley, Walsh, Henderson, McCrudden (Curry), Parkhouse (McFadden), O’Flynn (Varma).
Dundela: McKay, Collins, Murphy, Black, Owens, Ferguson, Jackson, Gilliland, McComb, Beggs, Burns.Tags: