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Newry stun Bannsiders courtesy of McCabe goal

Coleraine 0-1 Newry City

By Steve Jones

Mark McCabe's first-half effort was enough for Newry City to claim all three points and their first away win of the season against Coleraine.

In truth, it was a poor game at The Showgrounds but it was a welcome three points for the visitors who worked tirelessly to keep Coleraine at bay.

The home side were only restricted to half chances, whilst McCabe and Stephen Hughes missed glorious efforts to seal a comprehensive victory in the north west.

Newry almost took the lead straight from the kick-off as Declan Carville picked out the run of McCabe but the striker could only fire straight into the arms of Chris Johns inside 14 seconds.

The home side managed to get a foothold in the game and threatened when the in-form Darren McCauley forced Steven Maguire into tipping the ball around for a corner.

The Bannsiders carved out the next opportunity as a strong run from Josh Carson then saw him pick out Ciaron Harkin at the edge of the box but Maguire was there to deny the midfielder.

On 35 minutes, clever play by McCauley evaded the challenge of Darren King and his cross found Jamie McGonigle but the Northern Ireland under-21 international failed to hit the target.

Darren Mullen's side took the lead as a clever pass from Stephen Hughes released McCabe. The 21-year-old - who scored 24 goals last season - managed to get his first goal in the top flight as he cleverly lobbed Johns from outside the box.

The Irish Cup holders shuffled their pack at half-time and brought on Eoin Bradley in an attempt to grab an equaliser and they threatened on 61 minutes as Carson cut inside but Maguire was alert to keep his strike at bay.

In a game that lacked any creativity, Rodney McAree's team were only sending in efforts from distance as McGonigle and McCauley fired aimlessly wide as frustration began to creep in at The Showgrounds.

City were looking to threaten on the counter attack and should have put the game to bed on 80 minutes as Montgomery picked out the run of Stephen Hughes. The former Warrenpoint Town man was one-on-one but Johns denied the attack.

The visitors had their heads in their hands on 84 minutes as Carville found McCabe but the striker fired over the bar.

Newry are in 11th place in the Danske Bank Premiership, while Coleraine are now three games without a win. The Bannsiders are in sixth, a point behind Cliftonville.

COLERAINE: Johns, Mullan, Harkin, McCauley, Lowry (E. Bradley 46 mins), Carson, McConaghie, Burns (Gawne 80 mins), O'Donnell, McGonigle, Canning.

Subs Not Used: Doherty (GK), Douglas, Crown, Whiteside, J. Bradley.

NEWRY CITY: Maguire, King, Noonan, Boyle, McCann, Carville, McCabe, S. Hughes, M. Hughes, Lavery (Teggart 90 mins), Montgomery.

Subs Not Used: Hunter (GK), Walker, Rushe, Healy, Durnin, McCullough.

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