Better one than none says Mullen
13 October 2021 - by Elaine Ingram
Second in the table at the end of the first round of fixtures isn’t the worst place to be and while it was only a point for Darren Mullen’s men at home to Loughgall on Saturday, he says he’ll take it.
Just like a couple of weeks ago against bottom side Dundela, City couldn’t turn first half possession into goals, but unlike that game which had the manager fuming, he was happier with the performance against a quality side and with City ‘crippled with injuries’, Mullen felt it was a point won rather than two lost.
Newry were without Philip Doherty (sick), Fra Brennan (injured), Thomas Lockhart (injured), Mark Kelly (sick) and John McGovern who is away on U21 International duty; they also finished the game with 10 men after Mark Hughes was sent off following a second yellow.
The game was poised at 1-1 at that stage when James Teelan equalised in the second-half after Alan Teggart’s first half goal for Loughgall against the run of play.
“I suppose when you consider, 10 men, we were thinking it was going to be one of those days; we didn’t take the chances we had, especially in the first half. So, to be honest not as disappointing as the Dundela draw when you look at that game,” said Mullen.
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