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

Potential Fixture Change v Linfield FC

The club has been informed by the NI Football League that our home game against Linfield FC scheduled to take place on Friday 14th December will be moved to a 1pm kick off on Saturday 15th December IF Linfield are involved in the League Cup Semi-Final on the preceding Tuesday, 11th December. This cannot be confirmed until Linfield play Portadown  FC in the Quarter Final on Tuesday 4th.

Newry City AFC would like to apologise to anyone inconvenienced by this potential change which is outside the control of the club.

Ards II  2 – 1  Newry Reserves

Newry Reserves made the long midweek trip to Newtownards to face Ards II at Londonderry Park.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes which saw chances missed at both ends, Newry failed to take advantage of their dominance of possession in the second half and found themselves two goals in arrears after 83 minutes.

Newry skipper TJ Hughes netted directly from a free-kick to pull one back for the visitors five minutes from time, but despite a late onslaught on the Ards goal, Newry were unable to find that elusive equaliser.

Speaking to shortly after the match, Newry Reserves boss Ronan Casey said:  “For all our possession and control we had on that game, it counted for nothing when we weren’t able to capitalise on it. Their goalkeeper had a fairly quiet night and that tells a story in itself. The majority of the chances we had weren’t clear cut and for any that were, we seemed to make the wrong decision. We’ll have to accept that we didn’t deserve anything from the game and learn from it. We are on the road again on Saturday to Ballymena and hopefully we can right tonight’s wrongs at the Ballymena Showgrounds.”

After a lively start by the home side, Newry settled well into the game and had a great early chance to take the lead when Sokei John found himself straight through on goal after 10 minutes. With only the keeper to beat, in a one on one situation, his split second delay in taking the shot allowed centre half Gregg Parker the opportunity to get his foot in and clear the ball to safety.

Newry controlled possession well for the rest of the half, not allowing the home side to get into any particular rhythm. Chances came and went for TJ Hughes, Josh Durnin and Ryan Duffy as the half wore on but there was nothing clear cut and Brett Clydesdale in the home goal didn’t have to work particularly hard to keep his side in the game. The last chance of the first half fell to Ards’ Adam Munn who beat Jordan Mackey to a through ball from Niall Grimley. Just as he was about to strike, a brilliant piece of covering on the inside by Zach Annett saw the ball scrambled to safety, and at that the first half drew to a close.

Half time: Ards II  0 – 0  Newry Reserves

The second half started much in the same way that the first ended with Newry keeping possession for long periods but without really getting in behind the Ards rearguard. It was that lack of cutting edge that would eventually see Newry punished when a ball over the top in the 70th minute wasn’t cleared and Adam Munn ran through to coolly finish past Lewis Hunter from 10 yards, much to the delight of the home support.

This forced Newry to open up a bit more and commit more bodies into attack but as was the theme of the night, they just couldn’t seem to work the ball into areas that would likely trouble the home side. In the 82nd minute, it was two nil when Newry were caught on the counter attack and with men out of position Adam Brown raced through from just beyond the half way line to slot home.

TJ Hughes hit a late consolation directly from a free kick in the 85th minute, but the home side were able to hold on for all three points after late efforts from Tiarnan Murphy and Lee Hutchinson had called Clydesdale into action.

Full time: Ards II  2 – 1  Newry Reserves

Newry City Reserves: Lewis HunterLeigh Crooks, Zach Annett, Jordan Mackey, Ryan Duffy, Mark McCullough, Josh Durnin, Lee Hutchinson, Sokemeibi John, TJ Hughes (C), Kealan Morgan

Subs: James Irwin, Jervis McCaul, Tiarnan Murphy, Tiernan O’Reilly