Belfast Telegraph

Newry seal promotion play-off

By Keith Bailie

Newry City have given themselves an opportunity to make an immediate return to Premiership football after they secured a promotion play-off.

The Border club beat Dergview 4-1 to secure second spot in the Belfast Telegraph Championship 1 behind Ballinamallard United and they will now face whoever finishes second bottom in the top flight over two legs.

Darragh Hanaphy opened the scoring in the 21st minute, before Daniel Hughes made it 2-0 six minutes later.

Hanaphy got his second in the 67th minute, before Andrew Sproule pulled one back for Dergview 10 minutes from time.

Marty Havern completed the scoring with an injury time goal.

In Championship 2 leaders Knockbreda lost 2-1 to fellow promotion candidates Dundela at Wilgar Park.

David Wright gave the Duns the lead in the first half, before Johnny Montgomery equalised for Breda. Wright got the late winner for Mark Snodden's men.

Coagh United maintained their promotion push with a 2-0 win over the PSNI, with goals from Johnny Black and James Ferguson.

Knockbreda lead the division on goal difference, with Coagh in the second promotion place; Dundela are one point off the top two.

Lurgan Celtic are also not out of contention yet. They beat Moyola Park 6-1, meaning their just four points behind the top two with a game in hand.

Chimney Corner, who are fighting for their lives at the bottom of Championship 2, cut the gap from eight points to five points with an impressive 4-2 victory over their closest rivals Killymoon Rangers.

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