An injury-time winner by substitute PJ Lavery gave Dungannon Swifts victory at The Showgrounds last night as Newry City missed the opportunity to move off the bottom of the table.
Dixie Robinson's men could have broken the deadlock in first half stoppage time when ex-Newry man Michael Ward bustled his way through only for City captain John Convery to make a superbly timed last ditch tackle to clear the danger.
Dungannon began the second half the better, forcing City back into their own half.
A Dermot McCaffrey free from the left saw Terry Fitzpatrick unmarked but he headed over the crossbar when he should have hit the target.
Convery will wonder how he didn't put Newry in front with just 14 minutes left. Marc McCann, making his debut against his former club, hooked the ball in for Convery but the big centre back poked his shot over the bar.
Only a superb save from Andy Coleman denied Lavery on 84 minutes.
But Lavery sidefooted home from Ward's ball in the 92nd minute to break City hearts.
Newry City: Coleman, Hagan, Black, Convery, McDonnell, Hazley (Devlin 77), Davidson, Munster, McCallion, McCann, Graham (Keenan 69).
Dungannon Swifts: S O'Neill, R O'Neill, Mullan, Montgomery, McCaffrey, McCluskey, Fitzpatrick, Funston (Lavery 77), Ward, Topley, Adamson.
Referee: Hugh Carvill (Belfast).