City sink Larne in first game of season
The postponement of Newry City’s opening league fixture last weekend appeared to throw the future of the club into uncertainty, but after offering assurances regarding their future to the Irish Football Association during the week, Newry were given the go-ahead to begin their league campaign away to Larne on Saturday.
The off field issues didn’t seem to affect the players much as they put in a great team performance to secure maximum points, having come from behind at half time to totally dominate the Inver Park outfit in the second half.
The home team got off to the ideal start after only five minutes. Andy Simms delivered a free kick into the Newry box but as Steven McCabe attempted to clear, he diverted the ball into his own net.
Larne might have doubled their lead minutes later but Maguire headed straight at Morley-Hillen, when it seemed easier to score. Daragh Hanaphy twice went close for Newry too, only to be denied by saves from Chris Keenan.
After the break though, an inspired double substitution turned the game in Newry’s favour. Daniel Hughes and Phillip Donnelly entered the action and within five minutes of coming on Hughes had leveled the scores.
City then went ahead on 66 minutes, Daniel Hughes pounced and fired past Keenan from close range for his second goal of the game.
Newry continued to press and with 12 minutes to go, Larne’s fate was sealed by Daniel’s brother Mark Hughes. Following a neat move, the ball was played in to Hughes to steer the ball past Keenan to put the final nail in Larne’s coffin.
City fans will hope the team can continue this form in their next league fixture next Saturday away to Carrick Rangers.
Newry City Line up: Morley-Hillen, King, McCabe, Forde, Hutchinson, S. Hughes (Sloan), Grant, M. Hughes, Hanaphy, Havern (D. Hughes), Graham (Donnelly)
Unused subs: Cummings, Copeland
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