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Nervy Newry survive late scare from Donegal Celtic

Newry City 2 Donegal Celtic 1: It can be something of a rollercoaster following Newry at the best of times and, true to form, they made their supporters and boss Gerry Flynn sweat en route to claiming three welcome points against Donegal Celtic at the weekend.

Andy Graham made the most of his first opportunity of a 90-minute outing this season by blasting the home side into a two-goal lead before the interval but City failed to kill their spirited opponents off and Paul McVeigh’s 84th minute strike offered DC a passage back into the contest.

As it turned out, they were unable to make that late momentum count for anything and came away with no points to show for a huge second-half improvement.

Boss Marty Tabb said: “We’re naturally disappointed to have lost but it’s important we take something from the positives and learn from the negatives.

“We have scored a good amount of goals this season and, if we could cut down on how many we’re conceding, we would be in a much stronger position.

“We can get there, though, it’s all about making sure we keep working hard and do the right things.”

Opposite number Gerry Flynn — a former of Tabb’s Cliftonville team mates — said: “We played really well in the first half, were two goals up through Andy Graham and looked like we could score more.

“In the second half, we didn’t get the ball down and play as we can.

“Having said that, we got nothing from the games against Distillery, Cliftonville and Linfield and played well over the 90 minutes in each.”

Home hero Graham was understandably thrilled with his contribution.

“I am very happy,” he said.

“I struggled a wee bit pre-season with a few niggling injuries. I have been waiting a few weeks now, working hard so I’m glad I got my start and put those two away.”

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