25 Feb 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Kyle Downey celebrated a personal milestone on Saturday by scoring one of the goals in Ashington’s 4-3 victory over Washington side at the Nissan Sports Complex on Saturday. However, the sales executive admitted that he was taken by surprise to learn that his inclusion in the side represented his 200th appearance for the club.
Ashington-born Downey said afterwards: “The news came as a bit of a shock but I’m delighted. I’m only 23 years old and to register 200 appearances for your hometown club is good. It works out I’ve been involved in just about every game since I joined Ashington from Whitley Bay three and a half years ago and hopefully there will be plenty more to come.”
ith only seconds of the first half remaining, Downey put his side 2-1 ahead, scoring direct from a corner on the right: “It was a little bit lucky,” he said, “I just put a bit of pace on the ball and the wind helped. The ball has gone in so I’m really pleased. Things are going well for us and the management team of Steve Bowey and Gareth McAlindon are not just coaches but are friends as well. They are a couple of great lads who I hope will be with the club for a long time.”
Wansbeck-based Downey added: “Our aim is to finish as high up the league as we possibly can and kick on for next season. It’s the old cliché of taking one game at a time and although it wasn’t the prettiest 90 minutes today, it was three points nonetheless.”
Saturday was Downey’s 169th start for the Colliers. He has also made 31 appearances as a substitute and scored 24 goals – which includes his effort against Washington.