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Newry City win as McCabe departs

21 July 2021

Newry City AFC continued their pre-season preparations on Saturday with a 3-1 win away to Premier Intermediate League side Dollingstown. 

Having drawn 3-3 at home to St James’ Swifts in midweek, the first win arrived at Planters Park at the weekend courtesy of goals from Noel Healy, Daniel Hughes and a first for the club for new signing James Teelan. 

Teelan had been unlucky not to have opened his account earlier in the week when his header from a Darren King cross was harshly ruled out for offside. King scored twice against St James’ with the opening goal coming from a clever Hughes backheel. Hughes then went onto grab his second in as many games at the weekend following Healy’s opener before Teelan struck for the third. 

City were set to host Warrenpoint Town last night (Tuesday) at The Showgrounds in what was the first pre-season friendly for Barry Gray’s men, whose Premiership season doesn’t kick off until August 28, three weeks after City begin their Championship campaign. 

Newry will then travel to Belfast to take on Cliftonville at Solitude this Saturday, July 24 (2pm) before hosting Banbridge Town on July 27 at 7.30pm. City’s competitive season then begins on July 31 when they meet Tobermore United at home in the opening round of the BetMcClean League Cup before the first league game arrives with another home clash, this time against Knockbreda, seven days later.  

In transfer news, striker Mark McCabe has left City and signed for Saturday’s opponents Dollingstown, although he didn’t play for them against Newry at the weekend. 

The centre-forward, who was City’s top scorer when they won promotion from the Championship to the Premiership in 2018 and was linked with a move to Linfield soon after, joins the growing list of former Newry players now plying their trade with the PIL club. Paddy Mooney, Keith Johnston and Matty Taylor are just a few that have gone to Planters Park in recent times. 

McCabe was in talks with Premiership outfit Carrick Rangers earlier in the summer, but that deal never materialised. It’s believed he had fallen down the pecking order at The Showgrounds following the arrival of Daniel Hughes, James Teelan and Brian Healy to the club. 

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