Institute U18...10 Limavady United U18...0
INSTITUTE U18's continued their IFA Youth league campaign with a convincing 10-0 victory at home to local neighbours Limavady United, at YMCA, on Saturday.
In perfect conditions Institute played with pace and flair right from the first whistle against a strong determined Limavady team.
The Institute defence of Garfiled, Porter, Smyth and Browne were extremely resilient to any Limavady attacks and the excellent Corey Wilson kept the Limavady team at bay on several occasions with some excellent reflex saves.
Limavady were struggling to cope with the aerial dominance of the excellent Gareth Smyth from corners and set-pieces and it was no surprise that from a corner Smyth's knock down was dispatched into the roof of the Limavady net by Conor Kane on 15 minutes.
Five minutes later Institute extended their lead when yet again Smyth directed his header into the corner of the Limavady net for an excellent James McCracken corner.
Just before half-time Institute scored a third when the Limavady offside trap was broke after a through ball from Lewis Nicholl was flicked on by the ever dominant Mikey Allen and Conor Kane popped up to expertly flick the ball over the on rushing Limavady goalkeeper.
The second half was totally dominated by Institute with McDermott and McKinney controlling midfield and Nicholl and McCracken on the wings a constant threat.
The fourth goal came after a corner was flicked towards the Limavady goal from Smyth and the Limavady full-back stuck out a hand to clear and the referee pointed to the penalty spot and produced a red card for the young Limavady full-back.
Sean McKinney stepped to drive the ball into the corner of the Limavady goal with the excellent Limavady goalkeeper getting his finger tips to the ball but unable to prevent a goal. The game was over as a contest and a red card for a second Limavady player for something said to the referee ended the game as a contest.
Gareth Smyth got his second of the game with a cool finish when found unmarked in the penalty box.
Two further goals for Mikey Allen with his second goal resulting after excellent play and shot by Conor McDermott.
Conor Kane scored his third hat-trick of the season and will certainly destroy any team when given this type of space.
Matty Smyth replaced Lewis Nicholl and his attacking and dribbling were the last thing Limavady required. Smyth picked up the ball and ran from the half way passing several players before crossing for McKinney to get his second of the game.
A further own goal from Limavady from another corner summed up Limavady's poor luck on the day.
Despite conceding ten goals the Limavady keeper had a good game and produced a magnificent save to prevent full back Ryan Magee's ferocious shot from 25 yards at the end of the game.
This was an excellent team performance from Institute U18's against a Limavady team who will feel they were harshly reduced to nine men in the second half.
Team manager Colin O'Kane was delighted with the attitude and ability of his players. The standard of football was excellent at times and Limavady had no answer to the attacking quality of the Institute lads.
Institute continue their league campaign away to table toppers Crusaders this Saturday.
Institute U18: Corey Wilson, Jamie Garfield, Darren Brown, Gareth Smyth, Chris Porter, Sean McKinney, Mikey Allen, Conor Kane, Connor McDermott, Lewis Nicholl, James McCracken. Subs: Ryan Magee for Brown (50); Matty Smyth & Aaron Burton for Nicholl & McCracken (70).