Winning start for new Institute boss John Quigg
Institute 2-1 Newry City
Institute, new manager John Quigg got off to a winning start and as Glentoran only managed to draw with Warrenpoint Town, a win at the Oval on Saturday, would see them pip Mick McDermott’s men to seventh spot.
The defeat leaves Newry City rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table; they sit three points behind Ards, going into this weekend's final series of games.
Quigg decided to change things up slightly with Callum Moorehead and Jamie Dunne both coming into the starting eleven, replacing the injury Ronan Wilson and Stephen Curry dropped to the bench.
Bottom side Newry made three changes to their side, which loss to Glentoran on Friday night, as they looked to keep their promotion hopes alive; Stephen Teggart, Conall Delaney and Dale Montgomery all came replacing trio Mark McCabe, Darren King and Stephen Hughes, who all missed out completely.
Newry should have taken a 20th minute lead as Tiaran Rushe's pass found Stefan Lavery, but with only 'Stute keeper Marty Gallagher to beat, the winger fluffed his lines and fired well wide.
Soon after a fantastic run by Dunne, which saw him get through a few challenges to burst into the box, ended with the winger's shot saved by City keeper Andy Coleman.
Institute did break the deadlock on 30 minutes, following a now trademark passing move, which ended with Callum Moorehead, who a few minutes earlier was told by Quigg to switch wings, cutting in from the left, before firing low into the bottom right hand corner.
Newry thought they had levelled things on 42 minutes but Thomas McCann's 20 yard chip was outstandingly tipped over by a full stretched Gallagher.
A terrible goalkeeping error by Gallagher gifted Newry an equaliser on 54 minutes.
A high looping cross by Mark Hughes was dropped by the 'Stute keeper and despite trying to dive on the loose ball, Rushe was on hand to toe poke home.
Minutes later another ball into the 'Stute penalty box caused problems, but this time John Boyle’s glancing header flashed just wide.
Institute scored the winner on 64 minutes as a free flowing move ended with substitute Paul Smith drawing a tackle inside the box, but the loose ball fell to Ronan Doherty and he fired high into net.
On 77 minutes a super piece of skill by Smith, saw him get away from Darragh Noonan, but the big centre-back's blushes was saved, as Coleman kept out the front man's side footed strike.
Moments later the home side nearly added a third on the counter attack as substitute Stephen Curry raced into behind the City defence, but his low drive from the right hand side of the box, was tipped around the post by a diving Coleman.
Deep into stoppage time another slick passing move by 'Stute ended with Doherty releasing Jake Morrow, but the substitute was denied by another smart save by Coleman.
Institute: Gallagher, R Morrow, Bonner, D Curry, McLaughlin; Doherty, McBride (J Morrow 69), Jarvis; Moorehead, McCready (Smith 57), Dunne (S Curry 60).
Newry City: Coleman, Montgomery, Boyle, Noonan, Hughes; McCann (Cavalvante 51); Durnin, Teggart; Lavery (Moody 81), Delaney (Pender 74), Rushe.
Referee: Tony Clarke.