Mark Miskimmin grabbed his first senior hat-trick and sealed an impressive win for Coleraine over Institute.
The striker scored all three after the break after David Ogilby had put the Bannsiders one up in the first half.
The Bannsiders started with the same side who deservedly took all three points at Portadown last week.
‘Stute also came into the game in good form following their mid-week North West Cup final win over Moyola Park.
Coleraine made a bright start to the game, but they failed to test Eugene Ferry in the visitors’ goal.
The hosts eventually broke the deadlock after the half hour in somewhat fortunate circumstances.
David Ogilby inadvertently deflected in Neil McCafferty’s free kick on 31 minutes after an attempted clearance by the Institute defence.
It should have bee two moments later as Ian Parkhill was sent clear down the left by Mark Miskimmin, his first time cross picked out the onrushing Ruairi Harkin, but the midfielder could only direct his effort past the post.
Oran Kearney’s men had a big shout for a penalty turned down five minutes before the break when Howard Beverland looked to have his standing foot whipped away from him by Aaron Walsh, referee Arnie Hunter was unmoved though.
Ian Parkhill went close on 52 minutes after another neat passage of play involving Beverland and Harkin, the forward though screwed his shot across the face of goal.
The pair combined again after the hour mark but again Parkhill failed to trouble Ferry.
Harkin was lighting up the afternoon with some neat touches, he had Declan McKeever at full stretch on 63 minutes as he whipped a dangerous ball into the box, but the defender scooped the ball over the with Parkhill waiting to pounce.
The second finally arrived on 66 minutes from a superb move. Lyndon Kane won the ball and fed Harkin, he produced a sublime dinked pass to set McGinty free and the wide man laid it on a plate for Miskimmin to tap home from six yards.
Harkin almost grabbed the goal his display deserved two minutes later as he dispossessed Scoltock, his shot though came back off the post into Ferry’s grateful grasp.
Coleraine all but wrapped up the game with ten minutes to go as McKeever gave the ball away cheaply to Parkhill who teed up Miskimmin for his second of the game.
Institute finally forced Michael Doherty into a save with three minutes to go as Stephen O’Donnell found space at the back post, but the keeper stood up well to beat his effort away.
Miskimmin made it a treble in stoppage time as he slotted home from the spot after Scoltock had upended Parkhill and was duly dismissed.
Coleraine: Doherty, Kane, Mullan, Douglas, Ogilby, Beverland (McNeill 86), McCafferty, Harkin (McCauley 79), McGinty (Lyons 82), Parkhill, Miskimmin.
Subs: McIlmoyle, Watt.
Goal: Ogilby (31), Miskimmin (66, 80, 91)
Institute: Ferry, Crown, Scoltock, O’Donnell, McKeever, Walsh, Forker, Henderson (Ballard 67), McManus (Healy 67), O’Flynn, Burke (Doherty 67).
Subs: Curry, Kelly.
Red Card: Scoltock (91).
Referee: A Hunter.