Jimmy Walker (19)
Declan Carville (40)
Keith Johnston (67)
Keith Johnston (90 1)

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Keith Johnston celebrates with his Newry team-mates (Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye.com)

NEWRY HOLD COMMANDING PLAY-OFF LEAD

Newry City hold a commanding lead going into the second leg of the NIFL Championship promotion/relegation play-off with Armagh City on Friday night.

Darren Mullen's side seized the advantage after 19 minutes through Jimmy Walker with a low, drilled finish from around 15 yards past 'keeper John Connolly.

It was 2-0 not long from the break thanks to Declan Carville's persistence and strength in holding off the Armagh defence before sending a left-foot shot home.

Keith Johnston added to Newry's lead just after the hour mark when he connected with a Carville flick to fire past Connolly into the bottom corner.

And he completed the scoring in stoppage time with a cool finish between Connolly's legs.

Newry City: Gordon, McArdle, McCaul, Mooney, Boyle, McCann, Walker, Johnston, McCabe, Carville, Hughes subs Grant (replaced Carville 90+2), Patton (replaced Hughes 79), Havern (replaced McCabe 86), Mullen (not used), Lowry (not used)

Armagh City: Connolly, Montgomery, Carville, Toal, Hutchinson, Grimley, McSorley, Mallon, Campbell, Camara, Mullen subs Hynds (replaced Grimley 61), Lennon (replaced Mallon 76), Kerr (replaced McSorley 61), Kelly (not used), Graham (not used)

Referee: Tony Clarke

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