Newry see off Portadown to end long wait for silverware

All smiles in the Newry camp

All smiles in the Newry camp

Richard Nummey’s second half goal will go down in Newry hockey folklore for many years.

Nummey’s goal would win many a cup final and for Newry it ensured that the Linden Cup would be going to the south Down club after an absence of 32 years.

Speaking after the final, which saw Newry hang on to deny Portadown 3-2 in a hard fought contest, their captain Colin Henning said: “That was unreal!

“Portadown totally annihilated us in the first half. They came storming out of the traps and we just couldn’t handle them, especially the way they were playing.

“Luckily we were able to keep the deficit to 1-0 going into half-time, as we were hanging on.

“But after we got a roasting at half time, we came out all guns blazing and we were able to get the goal back quick enough. Then getting the next two goals gave us a bit of breathing space.

“Fair play to Portadown, they fought back and they made a very exciting game of it in the last 15 minutes. It has been a while since we have won the trophy and it is great to bring silverware and success back to the club brings a bit of success.”

Newry were stunned in the 14th minute, when Adam Stevenson blasted Portadown into the lead and for the remainder of the first half, Newry were chasing their tails.

But the Reds had a dream start to the second half, when Johnny Taylor equalised after one minute on the clock. In the 49th minute Andrew Gilmer edged Newry into the lead and then came the goal of the game.

Robert Irwin swung the ball from the right, for it to be met at full stretch by Nummy, who guided it in at the far post.

Portadown were not finished and with 16 minutes remaining, Gareth Titler put the game on a knife edge. But Newry hung on to lift the trophy MATCH REPORT ON www.newsletter.co.uk




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