Instonians coach Mark Irwin was delighted with his three rookies drafted in for their first GOC Estate Agents premiership game against Mossley, as they helped Inst to a fairly comfortable 4-1 win.
Inst were missing four regulars and RBAI schoolboys Jack Cliff, Ben Palmer and Ryan Millar, were undaunted stepping up into the top flight and they put in excellent performances.
Which didn’t go unnoticed by Irwin. He said: “I was pleased with the result as it was potentially a banana skin for us. Because of player unavailability and injuries we had to play three school boys.
“I thought the guys we brought in did a super job for us. We needed three points and we got them. Next week we will have a couple of the regular guys back in but hopefully the three guys enjoyed the experience of playing in the top flight.
“We were always conscious that Mossley could catch us on the hop and in the first half we were not capitalising on the amount of possession that we had. We were more clinical in the second half but there is still al lot of work to be done.”
Mossley were the first to create a clear cut chance, when Jordan Robinson sent the ball wide off the upright in the 5th minute, catching the Inst defence napping.
But in the 14th minute, William Robinson edged the home side into the lead from their second penalty corner.
Play was becoming rather erratic, as the ball seemed like a hot potato with neither side able to settle on it,and with two minutes of the first half remaining, Jordan flashed the ball across the face of the Inst goal, only to see a diving Aaron Boyd just failing to get a touch on the ball.
Four minutes into the second half,Inst doubled their lead, with a three player move that carved through the Mossley defence. Patrick Frazer collected the ball just outside the circle, slipped it to Alan Patterson and as Ben McMillan, in the Mossley goal came out to block him, Patterson unselfishly squared the ball to an unmarked John Watson for a tap in.
Mossley, refused to roll over and shortly after, Jordan Robinson, who was a thorn in the Inst defence,got some reward for his work, when his rasping shot was deflected in off an Inst stick.
But any thoughts of getting anything out of this game were killed off, when Patrick Frazer collected the ball wide right, skipped past a couple of Mossley defenders and rolled the ball into the path of Chris Kirk, who dispatched it into the back of the net.
And with 10 minutes remaining it was all over, William Robinson slamming home another penalty corner to secure all three points for Inst and leaving Mossley at the foot of the table.