TEELAN AT THE DOUBLE FOR TEN MAN NEWRY
James Teelan bagged a first half double as ten men Newry City got the better of Carrick Rangers at the Loughview Leisure Arena.
After trading half chances during the opening exchanges it fell to Newry City's James Teelan to break the deadlock when, after 25 minutes, he got on the end of a long ball forward to fire across the face of goal into the net from a tight angle.
Newry were reduced to ten men just after the half-hour mark after Ryan McGiven was shown a straight red card after a professional foul on Emmett McGuckin.
However Darren Mullen's side picked themselves up to double their advantage soon after with Teelan's second of the evening, a back post finish after being found by John McGovern's pass.
Carrick pushed to get back into the game after the break, threatening when Kyle Cherry sent a dipping volley over the bar.
Cherry then came even closer with a thundering 30-yard effort that crashed back off the woodwork before, later in the game, Lloyd Anderson almost found the net with a back heel from close range that Steven Maguire did well to keep out.
Carrick Rangers: Ross Glendinning, Forsythe, Stewart, Ervin, Cushley, Mitchell, McGuckin, Cherry, Reece Glendinning, Maciulaitis, Tilney subs Hogg, Gordon, Gawne, Kalla, Buchanan-Rolleston, Nixon, Anderson
Newry City: Maguire, King, N. Healy, McGivern, Lockhart, Teelan, McGovern, Moan, Scullion, Montgomery, Adeyemo subs Halpenny, Carville, Martin, B Healy, Forde, Lusty, Sloan