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Newry 1’s 1-3 Kilkeel 1’s

Newry hosted Kilkeel on Saturday in the Mourne derby hoping to get back to winning ways.  However the visitors had other ideas as they flew out of the traps and dominated the opening proceedings.  Newry were struggling to get to grips with the pace and movement of the Kilkeel forwards as they looked more dangerous with every attack.  It wasn’t long before the visitors took the lead with a well worked short corner with Gary Niblock applying the finishing touches to make it one nil.  It was soon two when David Finlay picked the ball up and waltzed through the Newry defence before firing home a powerful shot high into the goal. 

It was only after going two down that Newry seemed to wake up, the homeside were now creating their own opportunities as they pinned Kilkeel back in their own half.  Where Kilkeel were ruthless in front of goal Newry wasted a number of good chances including a number of short corners.  Mark McCullough was unlucky when he pounced on a rebound only to see it cleared off the line.  Newry got one back when Neil McKnight picked the ball up on the right side before driving into the circle and laying the ball off to Jeremy Greer who dodged a challenge from the keeper before slotting home with a reverse stick finish. 

The second half was a lot more open than the first with the game flowing from end to end but lacking the real quality of the first.  As Newry pressed for the equalizer they were leaving themselves more open at the back and Kilkeel were unlucky on occasions not to extend their lead.  The homeside again forced a number of short corners but were unable to convert.  In typical derby fashion the match was getting heated from time to time and with both teams with players off the pitch, it was hard for either to establish a pattern of play.  With 10 minutes to go Kilkeel more or less put the match beyond doubt as they broke away after a Newry short corner to slot home their third.  Newry tried to get back into the match but time ran out and the match ended 3-1.  Newry’s next match is away on Firday night to Civil Service.

Team: J. Porter, C. Henning, D. England, N. Liggett, N. Davenport, C. McKnight, R. Irwin, N. McKnight, K. McWilliams, D. Andrews, K. Fletcher, J. Greer, K. McCombe, M. McCullough 

Down 1st 2-3 Newry 2nds

Newry 2nds made the journey to Downpatrick on Saturday for a rare match that would take place on a gravel surface. The Newry men had not played on gravel in many years so the first few minutes of the match were about getting used to the surface again. From the start though Newry were the more offensive side having a number of chances. However against the run of play Down were the team to break the deadlock through some poor Newry defending. This lead was short lived though when Stephen Graham managed to find the equaliser for his first goal of the season. Both teams continued to press each other but it was Newry who would score through an individual goal from Hogg beating a number of players before hitting an unstoppable shot to make the score 2-1. This would be the score at half time.

Second half saw the surface come a little more difficult for both teams with the ball bouncing unpredictability. This however didn't stop both teams from attacking with both keepers being tested multiple times. Down were the next team to score to make the score 2-2. With the game nearing the end it looked like both teams had settled for the draw. However Newry had one last chance with an attack in the dying moments with the ball being played into the circle from the right hand side by Simon McCafferty for Captain Andrew Marks to pick up and score the winning goal. Final score 2-3 in Newrys favour.

Team: A. Collum, M. McCaigue, E. Graham, P. English, A. Baird, S. Graham, P. Moffett, A. Marks, G. Alderdice, D. Hogg, S. McCafferty, J. Niblock, M. McCullough, S. Blakely

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