Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

Newry City desperate for change of fortune

It never rains, it just pours if you are struggling at the wrong end of the Carling Premiership.

Gerry Flynn’s Newry City side play host to his former club, Coleraine, tonight with the border boys in a precarious position three points above basement battlers Donegal Celtic.

Although City have played two games less than the west-Belfast side, six wins in 21 league outings does not inspire confidence.

That’s why Flynn is desperate to shuffle his pack this month with a striker top of his wish-list — 25 goals scored is the poorest attacking record in the league.

Flynn maintains that performances have left him encouraged, but unless points are put on the board soon, anxiety levels will start soaring.

“If we can start putting a run together and move away from the bottom of the table, we can start building towards next season,” said Flynn.

“We have irons in the fire with different players and if the right player becomes available to us, we will move for him, but we have shown in the last three or four weeks that some of our play is excellent.

“The boys just aren’t getting the rewards and I really hope that changes soon, but we have to not lose heart and keep working hard.

“We need a cutting edge and killer instinct up front. We have Coleraine and then Dungannon (on Friday) and it’s a massive six points. Coleraine have done well, but we just need to find some consistent form. A few back-to-back wins would really move us up the table.”

Among Flynn’s transfer targets is Crusaders’ transfer-listed winger Martin Donnelly, but he faces competition from Portadown and Cliftonville for his signature. Coleraine boss David Platt may give a competitive debut to goalkeeper Gavin Cullen.

Tonight’s game could also see brothers Ross Black and Aaron pitted against each other.

In this evening’s other league clash, Lisburn Distillery will be without the suspended Philip Simpson for their clash against Donegal Celtic at Ballyskeagh while Declan O'Hara is banned for the visitors.

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