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Ballymena United 1 Newry City 2

Throughout his long and distinguished career ace marksman Chris Morgan has seen and done just about everything.

With that in mind, the Newry City striker isn’t getting too carried away with the Bordermen’s victory at Ballymena on Saturday, stressing the need to turn wins on the road into successes on their own patch.

However with Morgan leading the line you get the feeling it is only a matter of time before those wins come at the Marshes, the 33-year-old striker showing he has lost none of his sharpness in front of goal to score a crucial second for Gerry Flynn’s side.

Emmet Friars had given the visitors the lead early in the opening period before an all too brief and lack-lustre Ballymena fight-back was killed off by Morgan’s 73rd minute effort.

Two minutes later he was withdrawn to keep him fresh for tomorrow night’s clash with Coleraine where Morgan is seeking some home comforts.

“I was taken off with Tuesday night in mind and I’ve been carrying a wee achilles injury so we’re just trying to protect it and play games so I was happy to come off,” he explained.

“The goal came out of nothing, Kevin Keegan knocked the ball round the corner behind their players, I took a chance it was going into that area, got a wee bit lucky with a touch to get it out of my feet and then just knocked it past the keeper.”

Nathan McConnell replied late on for the Sky Blues but it wasn’t enough to deny Newry what was a vital win according to Morgan.

“We started the season quite well, a couple of weeks ago we were fourth, but lost a couple of games on the bounce and if we’d lost again at Ballymena then we could have found ourselves in the bottom three,” he added.

“It was an important win to get. I think the league is going to be like that this year. If you get a few good results you can find yourself right up there, but a few defeats and you find yourself being drawn into the bottom half of the table very easily.

“We’ve now got to push on against Coleraine on Tuesday night.

“They’re probably a bit like ourselves, you don’t know which team is going to turn up, but they had a good win on Saturday.

“There’s no game you look at in this league and think it’s going to be easy, I think the results have shown that. There are a lot of tight games and I think that’s shown in the way the league table sits.

“You have to try and win as many of your home games as possible and we’ve talked about trying to make Newry a hard place to come to.

“We’ve lost two out of four at home but we’ve got a win at Ballymena and now we’ve got to push on and increase the confidence because we’ve got Crusaders and Glentoran coming up.”

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