Irish Premiership: Last-gasp Warrenpoint deny Newry in Showgrounds derby

A delighted Danny Wallace leaps on Philip Donnelly after the late leveller at the Showgrounds
A delighted Danny Wallace leaps on Philip Donnelly after the late leveller at the Showgrounds

Philip Donnelly levelled in injury-time to give Warrenpoint Town a 1-1 draw with Newry City in the first top-flight derby between the sides.

The substitute's glancing header found the bottom corner to earn the visitors a dramatic point at the Showgrounds.

Warrenpoint's Fra McCaffrey wasted the best first-half chance before Newry took a 48th-minute lead when James Walker netted from a penalty.

Newry stay ninth while Town move two points off the bottom.

Warrenpoint went into the game on a high after registering a first league win of the season last weekend and they were first to threaten in the south Down derby.

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Simon Kelly's cross was only partially cleared and the ball fell to Robert Norton, but he sent his backpost volley wide.

McCaffrey latched on to a throughball on 21 minutes to go one-on-one with Andy Coleman but his low shot was easily saved by the City stopper.

The hosts struggled to open up the Warrenpoint defence but they went close when a deflected Stephen Hughes shot was kept out by keeper Aaron McCarey.

City made the breakthrough on the restart as Walker converted the spot-kick after Max Kougan's foul on Mark McCabe.

James Walker runs away in delight after give Newry the lead against Warrenpoint on Friday night
James Walker runs away in delight after give Newry the lead against Warrenpoint on Friday night

Newry substitute Kevin McArdle almost doubled the lead with a fierce shot which fizzed just wide.

Warrenpoint pressed late for the equaliser and Kougoun headed wide before Donnelly popped up with the vital goal in added time.