Timmy Grant (10)
Marty Havern (58)
Mark Hughes (75)


Tiarnan Rafferty (87)
David McWhirter (89)


Timmy Grant opened the scoring for Newry (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)


Newry City AFC picked up a win in their opening Premier Intermediate League match despite surviving a late Moyola Park comeback at The Showgrounds.

Goals from Timmy Grant, Marty Havern and Mark Hughes were enough to see Darren Mullen's men over the line with the visitors replying late on through Tiarnan Rafferty and David McWhirter.

Grant scored the opening goal in the tenth minute after good work by Hughes down the right. The midfielder cleverly turned his man and when his pull back to Stephen McCabe was blocked by a defender, the ball fell to Grant eight yards out and he made no mistake to slot home past Moyola 'keeper Marcin Farniok.

Despite having the bulk of the possession, City couldn't add to their lead and the away side almost drew level when Rafferty crashed his effort off the crossbar just after the half hour mark.

However, City did double their advantage just before the hour when new signing Havern drilled the ball low into the bottom right hand corner from 18 yards to make it 2-0.

The result was all but sewn up with 15 minutes to go when Hughes latched on to a flick on from sub Sean McMullan following a clearance from goalkeeper Martin Marron to blast in with his left foot and make it 3-0.

City then took their foot off the gas in the final stages and allowed Moyola to score twice in the final few minutes.

Rafferty headed in unmarked from close range on 87 minutes before McWhirter produced a cool finish from just inside the area in the final minute to make it 3-2.

While Moyola tried to grab an equaliser in the final seconds, City managed to hold out and collect maximum points from their opening match of the new season.

Newry City: Marron, McArdle, King, Curran, Mullen, Smith, Hughes, McMahon, Grant, Havern, McCabe subs McMullan (replaced Grant 63), Johnston (replaced King 76), McCaul (not used), Walker (replaced McMahon 76), Patton (not used)

Moyola Park: Farniok, McQuillan, Kelly, Harris, McAllister, Black, McIlhatton, Paul, Rafferty, Taggart, Moore subs McNamee (not used), Beggs (replaced Paul 63), Waddell (replaced Kelly 72), McWhirter (replaced Black 63), Maybin (not used)

Referee: Barry Monaghan

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