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Ten-man Bangor hold out for a draw

Bangor 1 Newry City 1

Despite heavy underfoot conditions Bangor and Newry City served up a lively match which ended with honours even.

Marty Verner put Bangor in front only for Emmett Friers to score his second goal in a week to equalise.

Newry were dealt a blow after just 17 minutes when defender Cullen Feeney had to leave the pitch with an injured shoulder, and it was the home side who opened the scoring on 29 minutes.

Aaron McKee hit a cross-cum shot from 30 yards out on the right which keeper Paul Murphy did well to push out from under his crossbar. The ball was gathered by Nathan McConnell who crossed in from the left for Verner to send a seven yard volley into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Newry pushed forward and the Bangor defence was breached on 42 minutes when a lob by Lee Feeney was met six yards out by defender Friars who rose above Andrew Plummer to head home.

Newry came closest to scoring a winner on 56 minutes when Sean Friars' 25 yard drive rebounded off the crossbar.

Bangor went down to ten men with ten minutes left on the clock, but the visitors were unable to strike a winning goal against a determined ten men, and City had to be content with their fifth draw in their last six games.

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