NEWRY BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE
Newry City bounced back from last week’s opening day defeat with a 2-0 win over Carrick Rangers at the Loughview Leisure Arena.
City moved in front on 14 minutes when Lorcan Forde beat Ross Glendinning with a finish low into the bottom left corner.
Then, with just over half-an-hour on the clock, Daragh Owens doubled Newry's lead after connecting with Ciaran O'Connor's flick to rifle an unstoppable effort past Steven Maguire from the edge of the box.
Newry were reduced to ten men early in the second half when Adam Carroll received his second caution of the afternoon following a challenge on Albert Watson.
Boosted by this, Rangers tried hard to claw their way back into the game and might have pulled one back only for Nedas Maciulaitis to nod an Andrew Mitchell corner over while Ben Tilney's goalbound effort was denied by a Barney McKeown clearance.
Mitchell then sent a low strike from distance past the left post, but they almost fell further behind late in proceedings when Forde came close to doubling his tally only for his shot to go inches wide.
Carrick Rangers: Ross Glendinning, Forsythe, Stewart, Watson, Cushley, Mitchell, Maciulaitis, Crowe, Reese Glendinning, Purkis, Tilney subs McCauley, Surgenor, McGuckin, Allen, Buchanan-Rolleston, Montgomery, Cherry
Newry City: Maguire, King, N Healy, McKeown, O’Connor, Carroll, Salley, Bagnall, Forde, Poynton, Owens subs Murphy, Hughes, B Healy, Newell, Mooney, McGovern