Contrasting Fortunes

August 12, 2013

There were contrasting fortunes for Senior Soccer teams Warrenpoint Town and Newry City AFC as they opened their respective league campaigns in unfamiliar new surroundings.

Darren Murphy in his first full season in sole charge of Dungannon Swifts spoiled the Warrenpoint Town, Danske Bank  Premiership debut party as his charges came from behind to snatch a 5 goal thriller at Stangmore Park, the home venue for Warrenpoint, who have agreed a ground-share with Dungannon until their own stadium is brought up to Premiership standards.

The biggest game in Warrenpoint’s history saw the Seasiders take a 34 minute lead as Kenny Kearns recorded their first top flight goal. A soft penalty conceded, for a foul on Stefan Lavery by Liam Bagnell was converted by Mark Hazley on the stroke of half-time. Dungannon debutant David McCullough headed the “away side” into a 2-1 lead but Bagnell atoned for his earlier error by firing home the 2-2 equalizer. Just when it looked like the game would end level Hazley popped up with the winner for an out of luck Warrenpoint. Ards beaten 4-2 by defending champions Cliftonville are next up for Warrenpoint


A Neil Barr hat-trick gave Newry City AFC a tonic winning start to life in the Mid-Ulster Intermediate B League. Neil was on fire at Pepperton Park home of Bournview YM FC where manager Darren Mullan guided his charges to a debut league victory, following some in-different pre-season friendly results.

Newry are joined in the league by fellow newcomers Dungannon Tigers and St.Mary’s Portadown while the other teams to make up the league are Banbridge AFC, Bourneview, Broomhedge, Hanover, Laurelvale, Lurgan Town, Moneyslane, Oxford Sunnyside, Richhill, Seagoe and Valley Rangers. A first home game for Newry will take place on Tuesday night at the Showgrounds 6-30 when they take on Banbridge AFC who were opening day losers, 2-0 at home to Richill.