Adam Wright (26)
Ross Arthurs (90 3)


Ross Arthurs grabbed the Welders second late in the game (Picture: Stephen Hamilton/


A goal in each half helped HW Welders kick off the season with a decisive victory over Newry City at Tillysburn Park.

Scott Davidson almost grabbed the first goal of the new season when, after just six minutes, he saw an effort tipped onto the post by Andy Coleman from a well worked set piece.

Indeed the Welders kept Coleman busy, producing a number of good stops from the Newry custodian before, midway through the first half, Adam Wright finally found a way through when he tucked away the rebound from a Davidson free-kick.

The Welders could have extended their advantage before the break but Coleman did well again to hold onto another effort, this time from Dylan Davidson some distance out.

Newry were much improved in the second half but the Welders made sure of the points in the closing moments when substitute Ross Arthurs fired past Coleman with a low drive from just outside the area.

HW Welders: Miskelly, Dornan, Nelson, Nixon, Wright, Deans, Graham, S. Davidson, Gwiazda, Smith, D. Davidson subs Hall (not used), Glover (not used), McMurtry (replaced D. Davidson 85), Arthurs (replaced Smith 72), McKay (not used)

Newry City: Coleman, King, Boyle, McCann, McCabe, Foley, Hughes, Lavery, Moan, McArdle, Durnin subs Lennon (not used), McGovern (replaced Lavery 46), S. McCavitt (replaced McCann 75), M. McCavitt (not used), Healy (replaced Durnin 46)

Referee: Niall Gallagher

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