It’s a first away win of the season for Newry as Coleraine form under McAree continues to stutter!!!
Darren Mullen and his Newry City picked up a precious three points on the road, for the first time this Danske Bank Premiership season, with a hard-fought victory at the Coleraine Showgrounds this evening. The border side, who had lost eight of their previous nine before making the trip to the North Coast to face the Irish Cup winners, defended resolutely in the second-half, after a clever Mark McCabe finish had given them an advantage at the break.
In what was a first-half that lacked fluidity and few clear cut chances, it was Newry who hit the front against the run of play. The goal itself was pretty typical of the first forty-five itself, as Dale Montgomery’s simple dinked volley forward after a spot of head tennis in midfield, looked innocuous enough. But some suspicious defending from the home side allowed McCabe to run onto a bouncing ball, and he coolly lobbed over the on-rushing Chris Johns in goal.
The second half offered little in the way of improvement from a Coleraine perspective, with even the introduction of Eoin Bradley not having the desired inspiration that Rodney McAree’s side so desperately craved.
In fact it was Newry, who fashioned the biggest opening of the half, when Rambo Hughes went clean through on goal with a chance to wrap things up ten minutes from time, only for Johns to bravely stand ground and make a great save.
The midfield maestro was not to regret it too much in the end however, as Newry held on for what could prove a valuable win, when all is said and done in May.
The win moves them four points clear of bottom of the table Ards, with Colin Nixon’s side hosting a rejuvenated Warrenpoint Town at the Bangor Fuels Arena, tomorrow afternoon.
Coleraine miss the chance to overtake Cliftonville in fifth with the Reds welcoming Dungannon Swifts to North Belfast tomorrow, with the Jay Donnelly legal saga casting a dark cloud over Solitude.
Elsewhere on Saturday, it’s first versus second as Linfield travel to Ballymena to face former manager David Jeffrey and his rampant United charges, who will fancy their chances of grabbing their eight consecutive win in all competitions. Institute will make the trip to Lurgan to face third place Glenavon, whilst Crusaders skip along the M3 to the Oval, and Glentoran.