Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Lisburn Distillery v Newry City: Newry will need to strike it hot, warns Flynn

Newry City boss Gerry Flynn is on the look out for a new striker as he attempts to build a strong spine to a team that has promised much, but to date has delivered little this season.

City make the trip to New Grosvenor tomorrow to take on an in form Lisburn Distillery side — taking away their drubbing by Linfield last Saturday — in the quarter-finals of the Co-operative Insurance Cup, with Flynn concerned about the lack of goals coming from his side.

The Bordermen currently have the second worst goalscoring record in the Carling Premiership — only Coleraine have found the net less — and he feels that recruiting John Convery in the centre of defence at the start of the season and then last week having brought in Tommy McCallion, surprisingly released by the Bannsiders, to bolster his midfield, he now needs a front man.

“You have John Convery who has been a rock at the back and now we have a bit of experience in the middle of the park in Tommy which is pleasing, especially with Stephen Ferguson being out,” said Flynn. “Hopefully the next piece of the jigsaw is getting somebody up front because at the minute we are not scoring enough goals.

“That's what we are working at, but at the minute we are going to have to work with what we have got.”

McCallion made a return to senior football last week in the defeat to one of his old clubs, Glentoran, having been kicking his heels since not being offered a contract by David Platt in the summer. Many were shocked at the decision to let go of such an experienced player.

And even though, that game at the Oval was the Londonderry man's first top flight run-out since the tail end of last season, Flynn had no concerns about giving 90 minutes to a player who is still regarded as one of the fittest in local football.

“I never had a worry that fitness was going to be an issue,” added Flynn. “Tommy is probably the best pro I have ever worked with or played against in the game.

“Even after the game he is doing the right things, getting proper fluids and right things into his body, that was never going to be a problem playing the full 90 minutes.

“He done very well, he got about and helped boys in there, he dug in when he had to and he's going to be a great addition to the squad.”

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