Newry City Reserves 5 – 8 Dungannon Swifts Reserves

Newry City Reserves welcomed Dungannon Swifts second string to the Showgrounds on Wednesday night. Having picked up a valuable away point on the road the previous week at Ballymena, Newry hoped to secure further points ahead of a really tough run of fixtures over the festive period.

The game got off to an unbelievable start with three goals in the first four minutes to put Newry 2- 1 ahead. A brace from Keith Johnston either side of a Marcio Soares strike for the visitors saw Newry race into an early lead. However they were quickly pegged back when Daniel Hughes equalised from a free-kick on the edge of the area in the tenth minute. It went downhill spectacularly after that with a further two goals from Hughes and a tap in from Caolian Coyle saw the visitors go into the break with a 5 – 2 advantage.

Half time: Newry City Reserves 2 – 5 Dungannon Swifts Reserves

Newry started the second half brightly in an attempt to salvage some pride after the late collapse in the first. TJ Hughes made it 5-3 when he rifled home from the edge of the area after a clever knock back from Keith Johnston in the 50th minute. Two minutes later it was 5-4 when Johnston saw his effort go in off the post to complete his hat-trick.

On the hour mark though, the visitors extended their lead when Daniel Hughes’ shot was well stopped by Lewis Hunter but the rebound hit the unfortunate Zach Annett who turned it into his own net. Straight from the kick off it was Newry who hit the net again when Josh Durnin raced through and tapped home after an excellent through ball from Matty Taylor. The game continued end to end for the next half hour and as Newry committed more bodies forward in an attempt to get an equaliser, they were picked off twice at the end to seal the win for the visitors

Full time: Newry City Reserves 5 – 8 Dungannon Swifts Reserves

Speaking to newrycityafc.co.uk after the match, Newry Reserves boss Ronan Casey was less than enamoured with his side’s display.

“Anybody looking at the result may think this game was a thriller but it was far from it. It was the worst team performance these lads have served up in my time here. There was a complete lack of fight, belief, energy and an unwillingness to do the dirty work that this fixture required,” blasted Casey. “Fair play to Dungannon who rolled their sleeves up on a cold and wet winter’s night and our boys should pay heed to that. If we aren’t prepared to work hard first and foremost, we will be in serious trouble for the rest of the season. We have a few new faces coming in January when the window opens and that can’t come quick enough on tonight’s showing.”

Next up for Casey’s men is successive away trips to Linfield and Glentoran in the next 10 days.

Newry City Reserves: Lewis Hunter, Leigh Crooks, Zach Annett, Jordan Mackey, Dean Morgan, Conal Delaney, Josh Durnin, Keith Johnston, Sokemeibi John, TJ Hughes, Ryan Duffy

Subs: Keelan Morgan, Matthew Taylor, Tiarnan Murphy, Niall McGivern, Adam Taylor

NCAFC v Linfield – Home Supporters Advice

Due to a high number of spectators expected, may we please ask all Newry City AFC supporters to park in Greenbank at the Warrenpoint end of the ground. Newry Supporters MUST enter the ground via the MAIN GATES on the home side. Please be aware the main cark park is out of bounds for spectators as normal.

Many Thanks,

Newry City AFC Committee

Newry Welcome New Forwards Coach

Newry City AFC are pleased to welcome Vinny Arkins to the Club as the new Forwards Coach. Manager Darren Mullen commented “I’m delighted to have someone of Vinny’s stature and experience involved with the club. We already have a super backroom team in place with Ramy, Micky, Jervis and Gary but Vinny will add something different in an area where we need to improve on. Our forwards can only benefit from listening to someone who was one of the best strikers ever to play in this league. I know he’s excited to be involved and it’s another positive step for the club.”

Vinny Arkins “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to help out at Newry City AFC, the story of Newry’s rise through the leagues has been fantastic and I would love to help Newry consolidate a strong position in the Danske Bank Premiership where they belong. Newry already have a brilliant coaching team in place and personally it will be great for me to hook up with Mickey Keenan and Raymond Byrne again. I would also like to thank the club and especially Darren for asking me to help out. I am really looking forward to getting started with the team.”

Cover photo: Ray Byrne, Vinny Arkins & Darren Mullen. Photograph Courtesy of Sean Donegan Photography.

New year’s Day Draw tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the NCAFC New Year’s Day Draw.

The prizes are as follows:

1. 4 SkyBet Championship VIP corporate tickets to any game of your choice
2. 4 corporate tickets to Newry City AFC v Linfield
3. £100 SkyBet Voucher
4. Voucher – Stix & Stones Steak House, Belfast
5. £50 Paddy Power Voucher
6. Newry City AFC Leisurewear Package
7. Bar Tab for Newry City AFc Social Club

Tickets are priced at £1 each or a book for 6 for £5. They are are available to purchase at the club shop on match days or from Decky McParland, Gary Wilson, Marty McParland or any member of the NCAFC Fundraising committee. They will also be available to buy on our online shop later this week so be sure to keep an eye out for that.

The draw will take place on New Year’s Day 2019 after the Newry City v Institute game. All tickets must be returned the date of the draw at the very latest.

U14s Reach Lisburn Shield Final

Newry City AFC U14s have qualified for the final of Lisburn Shield which will be played on 29 December after beating East Coast FC whom Newry manager Jim Murphy described as a very strong well drilled team.

It was an exciting match from start to finish although goals were minimal. East Coast opened the scoring before Newrys Caolan McParland equalised in the second half to leave the score 1-1 which carried into extra time. The game was then to be decided on penalties where Newry ran out 4-3 winners.

 

 

This is a fantastic achievement for a team only formed in August. The team are open to new players attending training (2005s only). Please contact Jim Murphy 14s Manager 07927674391