Newry complete fairytale rise to top - Blues lose derby thriller and deny Healy's leaving

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Manager Darren Mullen and coach Mickey Keenan lead the celebrations.

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Newry City have been promoted to the Danske Bank Premiership.

They had a 3-1 victory at Carrick Rangers in the promotion-relegation play-off second leg, winning 6-3 on aggregate.

Their scorers on Wednesday night were Stephen Hughes, with a penalty, Mark McCabe and Mark Hughes.

The club was re-formed in 2013 after the demise of the original Newry City.

Darren Mullen has managed the team ever since - to an incredible four promotions in five years...

Newry supporters in Carrick were on top form!

Fans also gathered back in the city to welcome home their heroes...

Meanwhile, Cliftonville will host Glentoran in Saturday's Europa League play-off final, worth more than £200,000 to the winners.

The Reds eased to a 4-0 success over 10-man Ballymena United in their semi at Solitude. Sky Blues striker Kevin Braniff was dismissed in the first half. 

The Glens had a dramatic 4-3 comeback victory away to Linfield with Curtis Allen grabbing the winner just hours after he had a red card rescinded, clearing him to play in the derby showdown.

The Blues have rejected reports manager David Healy has left the club.

He told Q Radio after the match he's already planning for next season, with a number of players heading for the exit door - and they'll get the bad news on Thursday night.



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