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McLaughlin double buys boss Coyle a little time

By Richard Stewart

Under-pressure manager Roy Coyle's future at Newry City will look a little bit brighter after their 3-1 Boxing Day win over neighbours Armagh City at Holm Park.

Armagh City 1

Newry City 3

Paddy McLaughlin bagged a double in this tale of two cities and with Darren King adding a third just after the hour mark it was a comfortable win for Newry.

Shea Campbell grabbed City's only goal but it was little more than they deserved in a lacklustre performance by Gary McKinstry's men.

"I thought we played well today, " beamed Roy Coyle.

"We've come off the back of a difficult five-match run without a result but in all those games we didn't play badly and that's what I've been emphasising to the boys.

"To be honest I've forgotten how to celebrate, it's been that long since we've had a win.

"We deserved the result Boxing Day derby games are not easy especially away from home and we had to dig deep

for the result. It's a long time since we've scored three goals in a match. Hopefully this result will get us back to winning ways."

"Out-played and out-battled," admitted a disappointed McKinstry.

"We didn't play well at all. Our attitude wasn't right even before the game, we didn't have the heart and we were simply beaten by the better side," he added.

ARMAGH CITY: Cushley, Best, Turkington, Walker, Cowan, Cullen, O'Connor, Campbell, Coney, Hyndes. Subs: Slater, Forker, Donnelly.

NEWRY CITY: Robinson, Hudson, King, McLaughlin, I Curran, Clarke, Crawford, D Curran, Keegan, Feeney, Ferguson. Subs: Quinn, Ward, Fitzpatrick.

Referee: David Best (Carnmoney)

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