Irish Premiership: 10-man Newry City defeated 4-1 by Coleraine

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Coleraine ease past 10-man Newry

Newry City remain rooted to the bottom of the Irish Premiership after they suffered a 4-1 defeat by Coleraine at the Newry Showgrounds on Friday.

The hosts played the entire second half with 10-men following Dale Montgomery's sending off shortly after Dean Shiels had put Coleraine ahead.

Cormac Burke, Eoin Bradley and James McLaughlin all struck for the visitors after Tiarnan Rushe had equalised.

The win moves the Bannsiders level on points with fifth-placed Cliftonville.

Without a win in 2019, Newry's top-flight future is looking increasingly bleak with just six games left to play this season.

Their best hope of survival remains through the relegation/promotion play-off place which is currently occupied by Ards, who sit one point ahead of Darren Mullen's side with a game in hand.

Montgomery red gives hosts a mountain to climb

In a first half short of clear-cut opportunities, Coleraine's January signing Shiels was the bright spark and looked the most likely to find a breakthrough.

The Northern Ireland international put his side in front on 29 minutes, capitalising on some hesitant home defending to finish beyond Andy Coleman at close range.

Having been booked in the aftermath of Shiels' goal, Montgomery was shown another yellow less than 10 minutes later for a high challenge on Jamie Glackin.

Despite responding well to their numerical disadvantage, with Rushe calmly levelling after the break, Newry's 10-men could not sustain the pressure on Coleraine's goal.

After Rushe's free-kick drifted narrowly beyond the far post the Bannsiders reassumed control of the encounter with Burke scoring his first goal since his January move from Dungannon Swifts.

Bradley chipped in a delightful third before substitute McLaughlin rounded off the scoring with a composed finish.

Both sides have just one more game before the league splits into top and bottom halves.

Mullen unhappy with referee's decision

Newry City manager Darren Mullen

"I think the referee has ruined the game. It is never a sending off.

"It is difficult enough playing against Coleraine but when you are playing with 10-men then it is even more difficult.

"We are down there fighting. We need a certain amount of luck and we also need decisions to be fair."