Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Conor Downey is fitting the bill for Newry City

Newry City 3 Dungannon Swifts 0

After Newry City got off to a flyer on Saturday, working their way to a comprehensive 3-0 home victory over Dungannon Swifts, one man making his debut feels there is a lot more to come from his new side.

Conor Downey scored the last of the goals with a superb strike from just outside the area that underlined just why City boss Gerry Flynn was so keen to acquire the midfielder’s services from Cliftonville.

Following Gerard Rowe’s first half penalty and then a clever finish from sub Andy Graham with practically his first touch late on, Downey put the icing on the cake with five minutes to go, even though he admitted afterwards that he wasn’t fully fit.

He said: “Gerry said to us in the changing room that our objective was to just go and win the game. He said after the match that he knows people probably aren’t up to their full fitness. Certain players are and certain players aren’t, but the main thing is getting the win and then the fitness will come and things will start happening.

“My game is about keeping myself busy and try to get round the park a lot but in the first half on Saturday I could get about alright and in the second half I had to really work at it.”

Downey says he will be raring to go this weekend when Cliftonville come to The Showgrounds and admitted that the players aren’t bothered by the long odds offered by a certain bookmaker on the club winning the title this season, something that essentially suggested City were favourites for the drop.

“I’ll make sure I’m ready for Saturday. Because I wasn’t fit, last Saturday’s game felt like it was really hard work, but that’s in the bank for this week and hopefully I should be fitter for the Cliftonville game,” he said.

“We’re happy that people aren’t looking at us. We’ll let people have their opinion. We’ll just keep working away and train hard under Gerry. I think Gerry is excellent for Newry City.

“I’ve been very impressed since I came down and I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s a really good place to come to because Gerry Flynn, Peter Murray and Pat McAllister are here.

“It’s laid back, but only up to a point. Everybody knows their job and when it’s time to get serious, we get serious.”

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