Newry City 2 Glenavon 1: New Newry City hero Darren Murray looked like the cat that got the cream after he broke his duck for his new club with a stunning winner to claim the three points against Glenavon on Friday night.
The 18-year-old from Belfast was coveted by a host of Irish League clubs in the summer after bursting onto the scene with a raft of goals for Newington YC in the second half of last season and turned down a two-year scholarship with Swindon Town to join up with Gerry Flynn’s men in the transfer window.
The baby-faced assassin hit a superb effort with the outside of his right foot from the edge of the penalty area that left Glenavon keeper Andrew Plummer rooted to the spot at The Showgrounds and Murray feels that Newry should be up there challenging with the top sides in the league.
“It’s brilliant to get back to winning ways because we should be a team that is contending with the top and over the last couple of games we haven’t really shown that,”he said.
“But people know that we are capable of being up there and we know it ourselves that we can do it and we will do it.”
Murray’s first goal couldn’t have come on a better stage with Newry desperate to get a win again following a relative lull in performances of late.
“It’s been coming a long time! That’s 10 games into the season and it’s my first goal so hopefully there will be plenty more to come after that one,” he added.
“I saw that the keeper wasn’t in the right position where I was going and I curled with the outside of my right and I felt it had to beat him and luckily enough it went into the top corner.
“I’m loving it at the minute. It’s good to be down here and I’m glad to be down here. I really like it. From the start of the season, Gerry (Flynn) has been saying that we should be top six contenders and he’s right because the team is full of top quality players.”
As for Flynn, the City boss admits that he was about to give off to his young prodigy in the build-up to what turned out to be the winning goal.
“He’s been doing that in training and it’s the sort of thing he’s capable of,” said Flynn.
“I was just about to call him ‘something’ because I thought he should have played the ball wide right and then I thought, ‘where is he going now’ and he should have hit it with his left but he bent it with the outside of his right and it was a fantastic goal.”