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Flynn has plenty of work to do at Newry City

Gerry Flynn will have seen some improvement in Newry City’s level of performance but will know there is an awful lot more work to do as his side played out a dull scoreless draw with one of his former clubs Coleraine last night.

Flynn, back at the helm after John McDonnell’s departure, will also feel aggrieved that his side didn’t receive at least one penalty.

City were desperately unlucky not to take the lead on 13 minutes when after a foul on Stephen Garrett a couple of yards outside the box, Niall Henderson saw his free kick come back off the crossbar.

Newry were denied what looked a stonewall penalty on 21 minutes. Ross Black made space on the left and as he nicked the ball around Howard Beverland, the young defender seemed to trip his fellow full back. Referee Simon Creaney opted instead to award the goal kick as the ball ran out of play.

A minute before the hour mark, City’s Andrew Coleman made a stunning double save, first from Stephen Carson and then Darren Boyce’s follow up.

Newry had two good chances near the end. Sub Gerard Rowe’s corner took a touch in the six yard box and Davy O’Hare had to react smartly to save before another sub, Paul Keenan, broke through but blazed over under pressure.

Newry City: Coleman, King, Black, O’Connor, Davidson, Hazley, Henderson (Keenan 70), Garrett, Feeney, Graham (Rowe 81), McDonnell. Subs not used: Devlin, Boyd, Keegan

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Coleraine: O’Hare, Beverland, Hegarty, McVey, McLaughlin, Boyce (Gibson 75), Carson, Watt, Harkin (McCallion 89), Lowry, Morrow (Tolan 83). Subs not used: Tommons, Canning

Referee: Simon Creaney (Newtownards)

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