HW welders 1
It was a first loss for Brian Donaghey as Institute boss as HW Welders won by the narrowest of margins at Brandywell today.
“Stute, with three successive victories, hoped to climb into the top six of the championship, but a lack of sharpness in front of goal ultimately cost them dearly.
Goalkeeper John Connolly starred in ‘Stute as he frustrated the welders’ time and gain, including a penalty save early on.
The drama started just 8 minutes away when the welders received a penalty, with referee Niall Gallagher penalizing Stute captain Aidan McCauley for Mark Anderson’s corner handball.
Michael McLellan stepped forward and saw his shot on goal saved by John Connolly, but thought he was off when the ball came back towards him and he crashed on the rebound. However, referee Gallagher ordered a restart this time with several offending players in the area, and when McLellan tried again Connolly saved again, and this time there was no rebound for the forward.
The welders broke the deadlock 10 minutes before the break but they needed a little fortune to do it. Stute McCauley’s captain simply failed to control the ball and it opened up a shooting opportunity for Craig Harris, who aimed for 25 yards, and his effort took enough deflection to end it on Connolly and in. the top corner for 1-0.
Connolly made a superb save to keep ‘Stute in the game in the 68th minute. The ball fell on Mark Anderson 25 yards from the goal and his plunging volley seemed intended for the top corner, until Connolly managed to get his hands on the ball to touch it inside the upright, the ball just making a success of to stay outside.
Time was running out for ‘Stute and they knew it, and they stepped up their efforts with Brogan’s cross almost leading to an equalizer via an own goal, Callum Byers very lucky the ball bounced away from the post rather than in. the net.
Institute: John Connolly, Rhys McDermott (Gabriel Aduaka 57 ‘), Conor Quigley, Shaun Leppard, Joel Bradley Walsh, Aidan McCauley (Joel Gorman 85’), Shaun Doherty, Liam Walsh, Oran Brogan, Jamie Dunne (Jack Bradley 69 ‘) , Brendan McLaughlin.
H&W welders: Ben McCauley, Matthew Henry, James McCarthy, Daniel McMurray, Calum Byers, Charlie Dornan, David Graham (Gareth Tommons 85 ‘), Alan McMurty (Darren Murray 77’), Craig Harris, Michael McLellan (Carl McComb 77 ‘) , Mark Anderson.
Referee: Niall Gallagher