It was a match that shouldn’t have really gone ahead at The Showgrounds on Saturday, but after 33 minutes of football, referee Colin Burns did the sensible thing and abandoned proceedings as the torrential rain made the pitch unplayable.
City had gone in front after a 25-yard shot from Cullen Feeney wasn’t dealt with by Davy O’Hare on 18 minutes and the ball looped up and spun into the net. Jody Tolan should have put the visitors ahead when he capitalised on Richard Clarke’s backpass that got stuck on the pitch, however, he slid the ball wide of Paul Murphy’s left hand post.
Newry manager Gerry Flynn was disappointed by the outcome, but felt it was the correct decision to make.
He said: “Myself and Davy were eager to get it going because of last week and all the hype that has surrounded the league. You have to commend the referee because he went with our call, but in hindsight, maybe it shouldn’t have started.
“Both sets of players deserve a lot of credit, because they did try and make a game of it in horrendous conditions, but after a while, it was starting to become a farce. I think the call was 100 per cent correct in the end.
“It was beginning to get a bit dangerous out on the pitch and I think the smaller players like Tommy McCallion and Steven Ferguson were getting concerned that they were going to drown!” Flynn joked after the match.
Rookie Coleraine manager Davy Platt was in agreement that there was no alternative but to abandon the match.
“It didn’t seem too bad at kick- off and the rain had eased slightly, but then it rained quite persistently for the full half hour,” he said.