Jimmy Walker (37p)


Conor Downey (04)


Newry's Mark Hughes was sent-off early in the second half (Picture: Tony Hendron/PressEye.com)


Newry City slipped off the top of the table following this draw at home to Banbridge, although they did recover from an early goal and finished the game with ten men.

The visitors moved in front as early as the fourth minute when a long punt forward from 'keeper Stephen Cairnduff deceived the home defence allowing Conor Downey to lob the ball over Peter Murphy.

City levelled on 37 minutes through Jimmy Walker when he converted from the spot after Keith Johnston had been upended in the area.

Banbridge almost responded immediately when Downey crossed for Andrew Wilson to send a header back across goal before the danger was cleared by Chris McMahon.

Then, early in the second half, Declan Carville came within a whisker of firing Newry in front only to skim the crossbar with a powerful header.

Newry suffered a setback moments later when Mark Hughes was dismissed for a challenge on Wilson, duly collecting his second caution of the game and an early bath.

Despite being a man down, Newry looked the more likely to score again with Carville twice threatening with headers while Mark Teggart was denied by 'keeper Cairnduff on more than one occasion.

Newry City AFC: Murphy, McCaul, Hughes, Mullen, Patton, McMahon, Walker, Carville, Johnston, M. McCabe, S. McCabe subs McMullan (replaced M. McCabe 75), King (not used), Havern (replaced Johnston 82), Smith (not used), McCann (not used)

Banbridge Town: Cairnduff, J. Wilson, Devlin, Acheson, Thompson, Lavery, King, McCartan, Downey, A. Wilson, Moffatt subs Gregg (replaced Lavery 68), Teggart (replaced King 75), Pedlow (not used), McParland (not used), Greene (not used)

Referee: Barry Monaghan

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