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Chairman Jock McLoughlin warns Newry promotion to the Premiership is not guaranteed


Top form: Newry City boss Darren Mullen

Top form: Newry City boss Darren Mullen

Top form: Newry City boss Darren Mullen

Newry City chairman Jock McLoughlin says the Lough 41 Championship leaders will not get carried away with their commanding lead at the top of the table.

Darren Mullen’s men are eight points clear of the chasing pack of Loughgall, Ballinamallard United and Annagh United.

City are in pole position to seal automatic promotion but there is still work to be done and Mullen will drill home to his players the need to remain focused on completing the mission.

City continue their promotion charge at home to Knockbreda this afternoon, with McLoughlin confident the side will hold their nerve in the run-in.

“There’s a lot of football still to play,” said the City chief.

“Darren is a very level-headed guy and he won’t let the players get ahead of themselves.

“It’s been an up and down season as far as home results are concerned but we have been playing well.

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“You feel sorry for your home fans as we have great support, but it’s a tough league.

“But we are making inroads into that and we have really exciting young players who bode well for the future. We have an excellent manager and coaching team who keep the guys grounded.

“The boys are enjoying their football and there are no egos in the dressing room.

“The lads gel well together and there’s a strong local connection.

“There’s a strong camaraderie and the manager keeps them grounded.

“We have a great working committee and brilliant support from the fans and business community.”

Today’s other fixtures see second place Loughgall host Ballyclare Comrades while the Mallards go to Dundela.

Comrades ace Curtis Woods said: “After a good start, recent results haven’t worked out the way we would have liked them to. If we could sneak into the top six that would be great, but if not, we will be wanting to finish in seventh place when the league splits.

“To be honest, our main focus at the minute is just the next game and getting out of a rut.”

Annagh United are at home to H&W Welders and Queen’s University entertain Dergview.

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