Category: Senior

Newry City AFC 1-1 Coleraine FC

Third placed Coleraine had to settle for a point from this visit to Newry City as new boss Rodney McAree awaits his first win.
The Bannsiders almost moved in front after five minutes through Stephen Lowry who turned the ball against an upright after Ian Parkhill had knocked on a sliced Andy Coleman clearance.
However, the deadlock was broken in Newry’s favour on 19 minutes when a free-kick was whipped into the area for Declan Carville to head home into the top corner.
In attempt to get back into the game Coleraine saw efforts from Ciaron Harkin and Darren McCauley dealt with while Parkhill saw a ball driven across the face of goal before going wide.
McCauley then clipped the top of the crossbar before, on 57 minutes, Parkhill split the Newry defence with a fantastic through ball for Aaron Burns to make no mistake with a clinical finish.
Chasing all three points, McAree’s side could have edged in front after Jamie McGonigle raced clear but Coleman did well to deal with the threat.
And Newry might have regained the advantage later in the half only for Darragh Noonan to strike the woodwork before the ball fell to safety.
Then, towards the end, Coleman pulled off a series of stops in quick succession to deny James McLaughlin and Lowry.

BBC Sport NI coverage:

Newry City: Coleman, King, Noonan, Boyle, McCann, Walker, Carville, S. Hughes, M. Hughes, Lavery, Montgomery subs Maguire (not used), McCabe (not used), Johnston (not used), Delaney (replaced King 86), Teggart (not used), McArdle (not used), Mullen (not used).

Coleraine: Johns, Mullan, Harkin, McCauley, Lowry, Crown, Burns, O’Donnell, Parkhill, McGonigle, Canning subs Doherty (not used), Douglas (not used), McLaughlin (replaced Parkhill 77), McConaghie (not used), Gawne (not used), Owens (not used)

Referee: Tony Clarke
Attendance: 495

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A Philip Donnelly stoppage time header ensured the first ever top flight derby between Newry City and Warrenpoint Town ended with honours even at The Showgrounds. 

Both sides had their chances in the first half.

‘Point came closest after Eamon Scannell picked out Fra McCaffrey but with only Andy Coleman to beat he fired low into the arms of the Newry keeper.

At the other end Stephen Hughes jinked his way forward to the edge of the area before his deflected effort fell just wide of Aaron McCarey’s left post.

But the deadlock was broken three minutes into the second half. Mark McCabe broke into the area but was impeded by Max Kouogun prompting referee Lee Tavinder to award a penalty which Jimmy Walker duly stepped up to convert sending McCarey the wrong way.

That was how it stayed until late in the game. Warrenpoint came closest to levelling when Scannell lifted the ball over from the left side of the area but Kouogun headed narrowly wide.

Then, in the 91st minute, the visitors got their equaliser after Donnelly glanced home Ciaran O’Connor’s cross.

Newry City: Coleman, Mooney, King, Boyle, McCann, Walker, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, M. Hughes, Montgomery subs Maguire (not used), McCaul (replaced King 13), Lavery (not used), Rushe (not used), Delaney (not used), Teggart (not used), McArdle (replaced Mooney 46)

Warrenpoint Town: McCarey, Hughes, Moan, Kelly, Griffin, O’Sullivan, McCaffrey, Kouogun, Scannell, Norton, Wallace subs McGrandles, J. Lynch (not used), M. Lynch (not used), Watters (replaced Moan 73), O’Connor (replaced Norton 62), Donnelly (replaced O’Sullivan 71), Turker (not used)

Referee: Lee Tavinder

Attendance: 1156

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Newry City bounced back from a heavy reversal last week to claim the points from Cliftonville’s visit to The Showgrounds.
The first half was, by and large, bereft of decent scoring efforts and even the best chance of the opening 30 minutes, a Chris Curran attempt after he dispossessed Darren King on the right produced a tame finish.
Curran was involved again not long before the break with a great ball behind the Newry defence to find Joe Gormley but the home rearguard combined to deal with the danger.
What proved to be the only goal of the game arrived on 52 minutes when, from a Mark Hughes free-kick from the left, John Boyle connected with the ball to turn a header through the legs of keeper Richard Brush.
Cliftonville’s afternoon got even worse sixty seconds or so after that with the dismissal of Jamie Harney for bringing down Stefan Lavery just outside the box after he raced on to a Conall Delaney through ball.
Newry might have doubled their advantage with just over a quarter-of-an-hour remaining only for Aaron Donnelly to clear a King effort off the line.
Another chance followed later in the game when Mark McCabe beat Liam Bagnall to a throw-in but, with just the keeper to beat, he couldn’t direct the ball on target.

BBC Sport NI coverage:

Newry City: Coleman, King, Noonan, Boyle, McCann, Carville, M. Hughes, S. Hughes, Lavery, Teggart, Montgomery subs Walker (not used), McCabe (replaced Lavery 65), McCaul (not used), Rushe (not used), Delaney (replaced Teggart 46), McArdle (not used), Healy (not used)
Cliftonville: Brush, Ives, Breen, Harney, C. Curran, Garrett, McDonald, Bagnall, Catney, Gormley, J. Donnelly subs McGovern (not used), R. Curran (replaced Garrett 55), Neeson (not used), McConnell (not used), Lavery (not used), Maguire (replaced McDonald 55), A. Donnelly (replaced Breen 46)

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Hughes spot on as Newry defeat Swifts

Two Stephen Hughes penalties saw Newry City claim their first win of the season with victory over Dungannon Swifts at The Showgrounds.
The Swifts squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to open the scoring midway through the first half when Daniel Hughes was upended by Darren King. Hughes took the subsequent spot-kick himself but City keeper Andy Coleman correctly dived low to his right to make the save.
Ally Teggart then came close soon after for Dungannon but could only pull his effort wide while, just after the half-hour mark, Kris Lowe was denied by another Coleman stop.
At the other end Mark McCabe crafted Newry’s first effort of note with a ball just over the bar.
Douglas Wilson might have opened the scoring for the Swifts early in the second half with two efforts at goal during a goalmouth scramble before the Newry defence took control.
The deadlock was almost broken just after the hour when Swifts keeper Alex Moore pulled off a great save to deny Stephen Hughes.
However, Hughes soon hit back with two successfully converted spot-kicks in five minutes.
His first, on 67 minutes, was awarded following a Jarlath O’Rourke push on Declan Carville. He then doubled Newry’s lead after Carville was again impeded, this time by Jake Dykes.
Despite pushing hard to salvage something from the game Dungannon could only point to a late O’Rourke strike from the edge of the area by way of consolation.

BBC Sport NI coverage:

Newry City: Coleman, Mooney, King, Noonan, Boyle, McCann, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, M. Hughes, Teggart subs Maguire (not used), Lavery (replaced Teggart 81), Johnston (replaced S. Hughes 85), Delaney (not used), Montgomery (replaced Carville 84), McArdle (not used), Healy (not used)
Dungannon Swifts: Moore, Dykes, Wilson, Armstrong, Hughes, McMullan, Harpur, Teggart, O’Rourke, Lowe, Coyle subs Addis (not used), McElroy (replaced McMullan 70), Patton (replaced Teggart 70), Soares (not used), Burke (not used), McAllister (not used), Campbell (replaced Armstrong 59)

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Havern Departs from The Showgrounds

Marty Havern departs from The Showgrounds with our best wishes.

Newry Manager, Darren Mullen commented “I had spoken to Marty at the start of preseason and he knew he needed to give it a real go to have any chance of playing this year. Unfortunately due to work and family commitments he has been unable to do so but leaves with our best wishes. He was a very popular member of our squad and certainly played his part in our resurgence. We wish him the best of luck at Rathfriland FC and he knows he will always be welcome at The Showgrounds.”

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