Dergview dig in to earn draw.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Dergview dig in to earn draw. thumbnail Dergview's Aaron Arkinson on the ball against Newry City.

DERGVIEW twice came from behind to force a draw with high-flying Newry City at Darragh Park on Friday Night.

Newry City...2.

Newry came into the game boasting an unbeaten run in all competitions stretching back to September, and took the lead through Declan Carville in the opening minute, but Ryan Campbell got Dergview back on terms just after the quarter hour.

Jimmy Walker put Newry back in the driving seat ten minutes before halftime, and it looked like the visitors would go away with the three points until Stephen Browne struck for a sweet equaliser in the 84th minute to earn a share of the spoils for Richard Clarke's men.

The draw moves Dergview above Larne in the Championship table on goal difference, but they still hover over a point ahead of bottom placed Lurgan Celtic.

Newry got off to the best possible start with only a minute on the clock when Marty Havern cut the home defence open with a perfect pass into the stride of Carville who picked his spot past Dergview keeper Alan Buchanan.

Chances came and went at both ends, Newry stopper Steven Maguire pushing a low shot from Gareth Falconer around his post while Stephen Hughes and Carville combined on the Newry's right wing to set up Havern at the near post, whose shot across goal went the wrong side of the far post.

The home side drew level on the quarter hour mark. Attacking down the left wing, Newry were caught out when Falconer switched play to the right wing where he found Aaron Arkinson who then picked out Ryan Campbell to volley home.

Newry almost responded in the best possible fashion, Walker clipping a free kick into the box met by a header from Darren King, but the goal-bound effort was clawed back by a flying save from Buchanan.

Newry were handed the chance to go back ahead shortly before half time in controversial circumstances when referee Dermot Harrigan ruled that Dergview defender Richard Lynch had passed the ball back to his goal keeper who handled the ball, and he awarded a free kick to Newry around the penalty spot.

Newry's dead ball expert Walker elected for power smashing the ball past a crowded Dergview defensive line to leave Newry 2-1 ahead at the break.

The second half was only minutes old when Havern got behind the Dergview defence bearing down on goal only to be denied by an excellent last ditch challenge from Lee McNulty.

Meanwhile at the other end, Maguire had to be at his best to push away an effort from Duwayne McManus.

Carville then had an effort fizz the wrong side of the post before Buchanan blocked a first time shot from Keith Johnston after he was set up by Stephen Hughes.

In Newry's efforts to grab that vital third goal, they were made to pay the price late in the game when a sweeping Dergview attack moved the ball from back to front, the ball eventually finding substitute Browne on the edge of the box, his arrowed shot cannoning off the base of Maguire's post and into the net for a share of the spoils.


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