Belfast Telegraph

Newry will fight to the very end in survival bid, insists Mullen


Darren Mullen
Darren Mullen

By Steven Beacom

Newry manager Darren Mullen fought hard to take his side into the top tier of Irish League football so it's no surprise he won't be giving up on staying in the Danske Bank Premiership even though they are up against it entering the final day.

After losing their last two games and seeing Ards pick up six points from six, Newry are three adrift of Warren Feeney's men in the relegation battle.

Throw in the fact that Ards have a better goal difference by four and Mullen needs everything to go his way today.

While 11th-placed Ards are playing five miles away from Newry against Warrenpoint, Mullen's men know they must beat Dungannon at home and hope for a big favour from their neighbours.

The sub-plot is that Dungannon and Warrenpoint are fighting it out to finish ninth.

Mullen has done extraordinary work to take Newry through the divisions to reach the top division and will demand his team give it their all today.

"We won't be giving up. Our aim will be to try and beat Dungannon and after that whatever happens is outside our control," said Mullen, who has impressed many with his dignity and management style this season.

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"We will focus on doing our job and see where it takes us."

Whoever finishes in 11th - and Ards are favourites - they will play Carrick or Portadown in a two-legged promotion/relegation play-off.

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