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Graham’s perfect finish for Newry City

Newry City 2 Lisburn Distillery 1: Newry City ended the year on a high with Andy Graham’s winner giving Gerry Flynn’s men a vital three points at The Showgrounds yesterday.

Flynn hailed his side’s character as they fought off a spirited showing from the Whites.

“The most pleasing thing about the result was to come back from 1-0 down, show character, determination, grit and commitment,” he said.

“Everything I had asked of the players, I got.

“It lifts us above Dungannon and we still have two games in hand on Glenavon and if we can go there on Tuesday night and do what we did today then that would be great.

“Hopefully we can go to Glenavon and show the same desire and commitment.”

Thompson put the visitors ahead on 25 minutes when he nicked the ball round Davy Munster before slotting the ball past keeper Andy Coleman.

Newry equalised nine minutes later when Munster headed Francis Murphy’s cross back into the danger area and Teggart’s overhead kick made it 1-1.

Newry’s winner arrived when Graham poked the ball underneath Chris McCloskey on 74 minutes to seal all three points.

Distillery’s misery was compounded when John Curran was dismissed for a late tackle on Conor Downey that earned him a second booking.

Newry City: Coleman, Hagan, Convery, Munster, Black, Davidson (Havern 76), Hazley, McCallion, Murphy (Downey 72), Graham, Teggart (Murray 61).

Subs not used: King, McDonnell.

Lisburn Distillery: McCloskey, Curran, Muir, Kilmartin (Forsythe 64), G Thompson (Davidson 85), Ferguson, Browne, Cooling, Patton, Simpson (Liggett 76), Devlin.

Subs not used: Anderson, Traynor.

Referee: Mervyn Smyth (Dundonald).

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