Belfast Telegraph

Team spirit is driving Flynn and City to greatness

By Gareth McCullough

Newry City boss Gerry Flynn has praised the team spirit at the club after what has been a pretty successful start to the new season.

A 1-0 win at home to Institute on Saturday through a superb free-kick from the mercurial Sean Friars, didn't tell the whole story of the match. City dominated from start to finish but only found the back of the net once and were wasteful with a number of excellent chances in front of goal.

However, their third clean sheet in four games in the CIS Cup means that the border side have the best defensive record in the country at the minute and that's something of a novelty at The Showgrounds where it used to be the norm to ship goals as often as the sun set.

"I'm still not happy with the way we are playing. I left Paul Donegan out and he took it well. I wanted to change my system and it helped us to create a few more chances," he said.

"We were on top in the first 15 minutes and we should have been two or three up but then in the last 10 minutes we took our foot of the pedal when we were beginning to open them up at that stage and we should have been a lot more clinical.

"But if you can keep clean sheets, then you have a good chance of winning. I'll take any win but there is still a lot of improvement to be made."

Speaking of their new found solidity, Flynn acknowledged that their fine start to the season is something that runs right through the club.

"Being hard to score against is going to be our main aim this season and it's the main thing that had to be addressed when I came in. The two new signings at the back, Emmett Friars and Cullen Feeney, have been absolutely outstanding in the four games so far, and what do you say about Sean Friars - he's just a class above.

"It's a real team here. From the board, the players, the backroom staff and the supporters club, anything I have asked for I have been given."

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