Newry City Under 18s ‘Crewes’ to a win
For the first quarter of this game at the Newry Showground’s the spectators may have thought that the entire ninety minutes were going to be a close affair. However, this all changed midway through the first half, the pivotal moment being the Newry side’s first goal created by Conor Sloan; whose through ball presented the home side’s centre forward Lenaghan with a one on one with the Crewes keeper, which he calmly side footed to the ‘keepers left and into the net. This assist from Sloan went some way to make up for his earlier penalty miss when his tame effort was saved by the away keeper. This miss however, appeared to be the catalyst for Sloan and his fellow midfielder Quinn to up their efforts and for the rest of the match the duo commanded the pitch. Indeed, Sloan soon went on a mazy run leaving three defenders in his wake to once more set up Lenaghan for his second goal of the evening.
The second half started off slowly and it was not until the introduction of Cunningham from the Newry bench that the home side got the rewards for their dominance. This time it was the turn of the Lenaghan to be the provider as he set up Cunningham, whose driving shot left the Crewe keeper with little chance for Newry’s third. However, the away ‘keeper did prevent Lenaghan’s hat trick when his brilliant close range block diverted the ball to safety. Newry continued to dominate, their skipper Redpath linking well with Sloan and Quinn. Indeed it was man of the match Quinn who broke up a rare Crewe attack and spread the ball wide to the Newry winger Magill who took the ball from the half way line to the corner of the box, leaving two defenders in his wake before unleashing a rasping drive to the far top corner of the Crewe net for the fourth and final goal of the night.
This was an impressive win for the Newry side, especially considering Hall and King were out injured and Hodgett is serving the last of a 5 match ban. With strong performances all over the pitch against a physical Crewe side, robust challenges were to the fore and the Newry defence led by the captain Redpath were not found wanting. It was in midfield where the home team dominated with Conor Sloan always looking like he had time with the ball. And it was his team mate Quinn whose work rate and clever passing pipped the two goal Lenaghan for Man of the Match.
Newry Team: Jamie Greenaway, Jake Redpath ©, Brendan D’Arcy, Craig Doak, Ryan Gourley, Ryan Quinn, Conor Sloan, Micky Hastewell, Steven Annett, Joel Annett, Connor Lenaghan. Subs: Colin Cunningham (Brendan D’Arcy), Gáelen Magill (Ryan Gourley), Conan Dillon (Connor Lenaghan).
Newry Times Man of the Match: Ryan Quinn.
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