Manager of Banbridge Rangers FC described the teams 3-1 win against Newry as a ‘bittersweet pill’ to swallow.
Trevor McMinn’s comments come after players’ cars in Newry had been broken into as they played their match on Saturday afternoon.
Two players returned to their cars, parked near Newry Showgrounds at the Greenbank Industrial Estate to find windows smashed and goods including mobile phones, cash, bank and credit cards taken from their Volkswagen Golf vehicles. A purse was also stolen from a supporters car.
Mr McMinn said, “It will not stop us from returning to Newry. These things unfortunately happen.
“I know one of the players was quite upset. He was totally gutted. Both players were told just to go home and cancel cards etc and to ring their insurance company. Its the nuisance of it all. It is just part and parcel of society. I hope that whoever carried this out will be brought to justice.”
Police in Newry are appealing for information. They can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.