Another loss but a better display as Villagers warm up for Bann derby

5 March 2014; A general view of a football. UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Montenegro, Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
5 March 2014; A general view of a football. UEFA Under 21 Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Montenegro, Tallaght Stadium, Tallaght, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Seapatrick’s losing run continued on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat to Newry City AFC but there were signs of hope.

The scoreline didn’t reflect the overall balance of the game as Seapatrick put in an improved display.

Seapatrick came out of the blocks sharp and matched Newry with both workrate and football, and it was indeed the visitors who were creating the chances. The best fell to Adam McBurney who had his shot brilliantly touched onto the crossbar by the Newry keeper who then beat McAvoy to the rebound in order to complete his heroics.

Newry eventually played their way into what was becoming a great game for the neutral and it was the hosts who broke the deadlock after a well worked move saw a low cross from the left converted by the winger.

The Village enjoyed some nice spells of football after the break, but the Newry defence which consisted of a mix of youth and old Irish league heads was not to broken down easily.

From 70minutes onward though, Newry began to have success down both wings as Seapatrick legs tired. Two late world-class goals from Newry were to squash all hope of Seapatrick gaining a point. Both Newry strikes were from 25 yards and both hit the upright on the way in, leaving McGrath awestruck.

Credit must go to both teams for providing an entertaining game and to the two Newry players for their individual acts of brilliance. Seapatrick now hope to take their performance into the second Bann derby of the season against Banbridge Rangers.

SEAPATRICK:McGrath, McGarry, Kerr, McParland, McMaster, Buchanan, Lennon, McAllister, McAvoy, Blackwood, McBurney.