Mark Kelly (06)
Declan Carville (67)
Mark McCabe (90 3)


Peter McDermott (35)


Declan Carville restored Newry's lead in the second half (©INPHO/Stephen Hamilton)


Goals from Mark Kelly, Declan Carville and Mark McCabe helped Newry City defeat Knockbreda at The Showgrounds.

Kelly opened the scoring after just six minutes with a left-foot effort from inside the area after a long throw-in was only partially cleared by 'Breda defender Francis Rice.

Carville, back in Newry colours following his spell with Ballymena United, might have added a second but he could only fire against the crossbar from a good position in front of goal.

Knockbreda levelled with ten minutes of the first half remaining when Peter McDermott bundled the ball over the line from Noel Halfpenny's troublesome free-kick which the home defence failed to clear.

Carville was unfortunate once again when he looked certain to find the net only to be thwarted by a goalline clearance but he was eventually rewarded for his efforts on 67 minutes when, following a sweeping move, he received the ball from Brian Cabraley to fire Newry back in front.

'Breda were reduced to ten men soon after when keeper Jonah Magill was shown a straight red card for handling outside the area as McCabe attempted to lob him after running onto a through ball.

However, McCabe did bag Newry's third deep into stoppage time with a well placed header from Darren King's cross from the right.

Newry City: Coleman, Healy, Montgomery, Boyle, McCann, McCabe, Foley, Carville, Cabraley, McCaul, Kelly subs King (replaced Carville 76), Hughes (replaced Cabraley 76), Lavery (replaced Kelly 86), McArdle (not used), Taylor (not used)

Knockbreda: Magill, McCauley, McDermott, Hamill, Connery, Rice, McNeill, Halfpenny, Burns, Bennett, Delaney subs Best (not used), Smith (replaced Delaney 86), Storey (replaced Bennett 40), McGreevy (replaced McNeill 76), Smyth (not used)

Referee: Mark Dillon

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