Newry City under 18s crash out of the IFA league cup
With Conor Sloan, Jemar Hall, Joel Annett and Simon Hodgett all missing, it was chance for manager Ryan McConville to show the progression in the academy by prompting 5 of the current under 16s players into the side, with goalkeeper amie Greenaway, Cian Feehan and Gáelen Magill coming into the youth team set up for first time.
It was Newington who took the lead totally against the run of play when their forward capitalised on a defensive mistake in the 26th minute, which left the Newry lads 1-0 down. Newry responded with Ryan Gourley, Jordan King and Christopher McMahon causing Newington’s defence all types of problems and Citys pressure soon paid off when Aaron Duke and Colin Cunningham combined for what was a fortunate strike which hit Cunninghams head and looped over the keeper and into the net to make it 1-1.
City then suffered a blow when they lost Hastewell through injury. Soon after his exit Newington took the lead for the 2nd time when a deflected shot was well saved by Greenaway but Steven Annett failed to clear and Newington’s number 10 slammed the ball home from all of 6 yards. Another bitter pill for Newry to swallow, but within minutes they were back on level terms when McMahon again played his part in a Gourley effort to which king was alert to stab home from 3 yards to make it 2-2.
On the 43rd minute Newington again capitalised on poor defensive play when a cross was nodded home at the back post to put the home side 3-2 lead at the break.
The second half was all Newry but the score line stayed the same. It is a disappointing result for the academy side but a lot of pleasing factors came through from the game, with Cian Feehan, Gáelen Magill, Ryan Quinn, Jamie Greenaway, Aaron Duke all playing their part in a good team performance.
A special word of credit has to go to both Christopher McMahon and Conor Sloan for making appearances in the first teams friendly victory over Monaghan on Tuesday night in which the lads done very well. We hope there will be more appearances like these for various academy players throughout the remainder of the season.
Next up for youth team, back to league duty with a home game against Ballyclare scheduled for Saturday 4th of February at the Showgrounds with a 10:30am kick off.
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