Jimmy Walker (34)
Mark McCabe (69)
Darren King (77)
Marty Havern (80)

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John Boyle (OG) (90)

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Darren King added to Newry's goal tally (Picture: Declan Roughan/PressEye.com)

NEWRY TOPPLE LEAGUE LEADERS

Newry City stretched their unbeaten run to eight games with victory over league leaders Ballyclare Comrades.

Jimmy Walker opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a superbly executed volley from the edge of the area.

Mark McCabe made it 2-0 on 69 minutes after connecting with Stephen Hughes' cross from the right to direct a diving header past Paddy Flood.

Newry soon wrapped the points up, Mark Hughes swinging a low corner to the front post where it was helped on by Marty Havern falling perfectly for Darren King who slammed the ball past Flood to make it 3-0.

And Newry's pressing play paid off with goal number four after 80 minutes, Havern hassling a mistake out of the Comrades defence before making the most of the opportunity with a clinical finish from the edge of the box to put Newry out of sight although the visitors did claim a late consolation goal when Newry defender John Boyle turned an Adam Gray cross into his own net.

Newry City: Maguire, McArdle, M. Hughes, King, Boyle, McCann, Walker, McKeown, McCabe, S. Hughes, Johnston subs Havern (replaced McKeown 66), Cunningham (replaced S. Hughes 85), Richmond (not used), Mullen (not used), Hutchinson (not used)

Ballyclare Comrades: Flood, Woods, Rodgers, McCart, Youle, Dobbin, McIlveen, Brown, Robinson, Kelly, Nixon subs Johnston (not used), Barr (replaced Kelly 2), O'Hanlon (replaced Nixon 55), Parker (not used), Gray (replaced Robinson 70)

Referee: Tony Clarke