Declan Carville scored Newry's winner (Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye.com)
Saturday, 21 October 2017
A single Declan Carville goal secured Newry City's third league win in a row at home to Knockbreda.
Knockbreda started brightly, however, coming close during the opening ten minutes when Mark Cooling tested 'keeper Stephen Maguire from outside the box.
From there Newry took over with Stephen Hughes, Jimmy Walker and Carville pulling the strings and while it took the home side until the half-hour mark to score they really could have been out of sight by then with several chances missed with others blocked on the way to goal.
The winning goal came courtesy of the hard work of Keith Johnston, working back to the middle of the park to win the ball before releasing Mark McCabe on the right side of the penalty area.
Double marked McCabe immediately lobbed the ball to the penalty spot into the path of Carville who made the finish look simple, passing the ball past the advancing David Ferguson into the bottom corner of the Knockbreda net.
Johnston was unfortunate before the break to have his shot cleared off the goal line while after the break it was John Boyle's turn to be denied, ghosting unchallenged into the box to meet a Walker cross, Kris Pike doing his job on the post diverting Boyles header wide.
For their part Knockbreda never really looked like getting past a Newry defence superbly marshalled by Boyle and protected by holding midfielder Thomas McCann who hardly put a foot wrong throughout.
However, a single goal is a precarious lead and in most games the chasing team will get at least one chance, Knockbreda's coming on 85 minutes when substitute Ricky Rutherford found space to shoot, Maguire able to push his effort back out with Neil Mullen on hand to clear up any danger, Newry running out comfortable one goal winners.
Newry City: Maguire, King, Boyle, McMahon, M. Hughes, McCann, Walker, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, Johnston subs Mullen (replaced McMahon 29), McKeown (replaced S. Hughes 87), Cunningham (not used), Crooks (not used), T. Hughes (not used)
Knockbreda: Ferguson, Culbert, Pike, Doran, Arthur, Walls, Irwin, Cooling, Halliday, Cafolla, Cockcroft subs Sergeant (not used), Kerr (not used), Wilton (replaced Cockcroft 56), Rutherford (replaced Walls 72), Newberry (replaced Culbert 82)
Referee: Jamie Robinson