Newry City celebrations
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
WITH the league title sewn up Newry City were presented with their silverware after their last league game on Tuesday, which Newry drew 1-1 with Laurelvale, but they got back on track on Saturday with a win in the Cup.
Tuesday was largely an evening of celebration at The Showgrounds when Paul Suckling from the Mid-Ulster Football Association presented Newry captain Chris McMahon with the cup for winning Intermediate League B.
As for the game itself it turned out to be something of an anti-climax, perhaps unsurprisingly given that the home side had secured the league on the preceding Saturday.
However, the home side had to be content with a point which, manager Mullen was keen to excuse given his teams efforts over the season.
"This was a night of celebration for all at the club being crowned as league champions," said Hillen.
“Although the result could have been better the players were entitled to celebrate over the weekend and if that had a bearing on the match then we can live with that.
“Having said that we had enough chances in the first half to secure the win, went a goal ahead, missed a penalty, were possibly denied one or two more and paid the price near the end."
After a sloppy first half in which Newry were restricted to a handful of chances the game came to life in the second period, which was a story of goals and penalties.
Newry went ahead after 53 minutes. David Anderson won a contested header in midfield, Neil Barr latching onto the loose ball. Barr turned infield and laid the ball to the feet of Patton who played a one two with Jimmy Walker before swiveling on the penalty spot and sliding his shot past Ashley Gracey in the Laurelvale net to put Newry 1-0 up.
For Saturday's away game to Broomhegde Newry made eight changes to the starting line up from Tuesday but showed the strength in depth that the club have by handing out a 4-0 drubbing.
Newry took the lead on five minutes courtesy of Man of the Match Joe Campbell.
Andy McLarty won the ball on the half way line and found Lowry wide on the left. The speedy Lowry skipped down the sideline and fired in a driven cross, which Campbell met with a firm header at the back post to put Newry 1-0 up.
And on 55 minutes Newry's advantage was doubled. Graeme Edgar played a long ball up the middle, the bustling McLarty caused havoc in the home defence leaving Lowry in a race for the ball with the home keeper and he rounded the keeper and planted the ball in the net for goal number two.
Again Anderson was central playing a through ball which McLarty beat the off side trap to run onto. The Newry centre forward took the ball into the box before slipping a clever sideways pass to Chris Hughes who shot first time into the far corner of the net.
Goal number four was similar to three. This time Sean Mooney played a long ball and again McLarty outpaced the home defence. This time he chose to shoot himself and when the keeper could only block his shot Gary McVicker followed up on the edge of the box to thump the rebound into the home goal to seal a 4-0 win for Newry.
After the game Mullen was much more enthused by this performance.
“Winning the league early and with a few players carrying injuries meant we made a number of changes for this game and I am delighted to see players who maybe did not get the chances they deserved during the season with the team playing so well and stepping up to the mark, which surely shows the strength of the squad which we have at the club," he said.
“This now sets us up for a tough game in the cup on Wednesday night which we will go to full of confidence."
Newry's next game is away to St Mary's tomorrow (Wednesday) at 8pm. The Newry City Travel Club bus will leave The Stonebridge at 7pm.
Newry City: Murphy, Mooney, McElroy, Martin, Anderson, Edgar, Patton, Hughes, Lowry, Campbell and McLarty, Subs: Annett and McVicker.
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