McKENDRY AT THE DOUBLE FOR BANNSIDERS
Conor McKendry knocked home both goals as Coleraine travelled to defeat Newry City at The Showgrounds.
Newry were set at a disadvantage early on after Stephen Moan was dismissed after just seven minutes for a challenge on Andy Scott.
Despite this City looked the more likely to opening the scoring, and almost managed it when Ciaran O'Connor's close range header came back off the bottom of the post.
And they struck the woodwork again when Barney McKeown found himself in space only for his subsequent shot to come back off the angle of crossbar and post with Gareth Deane beaten.
But, much to their frustration, the ten-man fell behind in first half stoppage time when McKendry bagged his first of the evening when the ball fell for him from Lyndon Kane's delivery over the top of the defence.
Then, just before the hour, McKendry doubled up after making the most of a bout of confusion in the defence to poke the ball over the line from a few yards out.
He could then have hit his hat-trick right at the end only to be denied by a diving save from keeper Steven Maguire in stoppage time.
Newry City: Maguire, Healy, McGivern, McKeown, O’Connor, Carroll, Hughes, Lockhart, Salley, Bagnall, Moan subs Murphy, Martin, Forde, Newell, Mooney, Owens, McGovern
Coleraine: Deane, Kane, D. Jarvis, McKendry, Shevlin, Carson, Lynch, Cole, O’Mahony, Wallace, Scott subs Gallagher, A. Jarvis, McDaid, Farren, Mitchell, McLaughlin, Devine