Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 10 July 2014

Friars ready to tuck into Newry City feast

Newry City defender Emmett Friars is a man on a mission.

The Derry man has been one of City’s star performers since his arrival at The Showgrounds at the start of last season and it was his goal that earned Newry a deserved point against champions Linfield on Saturday.

After Alan Mannus had kept out Steven Ferguson’s volley, Friars popped up to head home the rebound on 81 minutes and he feels that Newry could even have gone and taken all three points.

“Overall I think that we should have won the game but when you’re one down with 10 minutes to go you take a point,” said the former Notts County player.

“In saying that, after our goal we still had chances. We have to be happy with the performance but it’s the same old story – we need to start winning games.

“I always say that I would swap my goals for a clean sheet any day but it’s nice to get goals but at the end of the day everybody needs to be chipping in and getting goals if want to get to where we want to be and that is challenging for leagues and cups.”

City’s next league fixture will be at Ballymena United this day week when Gerry Flynn’s men lock horns Roy Walker’s side live on Sky Sports.

It will be Newry’s second time on the box after their fixture with Coleraine was shown last season.

While there are still only three points on offer, Friars admits that the game will have a different feeling due to the presence of the cameras.

“We could stand here and say that it’s the same game against Ballymena but really there is going to be an extra edge to it,” he admits.

“Hopefully there is going to be a big crowd at it, your family are going to be watching at home on television and, at the end of the day, it’s a shop window for everybody. A lot of people in this league harbour ambitions of going to England to play full-time football so it’s an opportunity to people who don’t get to see our games every week.”

Linfield lead at the break through Glenn Ferguson’s strike but their failure to kill off City will concern Jeffrey who knows it doesn’t take much to see critics start sharpening knives.

“We should have had a penalty when Matthew Doherty was brought down in the box but I was amazed the referee (Arnold Hunter) didn’t award it,” he said.

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