Sean Mallon grabbed an early goal for City in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Tillysburn Park.
H&W Welders 1-1 Armagh City
Armagh City travelled to Tillysburn Park in Belfast on Saturday, looking to follow up an impressive win at the same venue back in April.
Marty Rice’s side got off to the perfect start when, with just 4 minutes on the clock, Sean Mallon bundled the ball over the line from Shea McGerrigan’s corner. The home side protested that the ball hadn’t crossed the line, but the assistant referee had no reservations and immediately signalled a goal for City.
The young Eagles were buoyed by the early goal and continued to press forward with the nippy front trio of Donnelly, Havern and McGerrigan though without carving any real openings.
The home side, who had started the season with two impressive league wins, soon came into the game with Rainey and McClellan looking threatening, though without really taxing Connolly in the City goal. Read more ›
There has been further good news for City youngsters, with goalkeeper Conor Larkin and midfielder Eoin Toal selected in the Northern Ireland U17 squad travelling to Slovenia next month. They will play two friendlies against Slovenia on 25 and 27 August with both games kick off at 5pm local time (3pm GMT) in Zreče, Slovenia.
Conor and Eoin have been key members of City’s youth sides in recent years, and will be with Joe Kerr’s U17 team in the National League this season after representing County Armagh at the Milk Cup this summer.
Their selection is testament to the continued good work going on at the club, with coaches, parents and players all working hard to provide talented local youngsters a chance at developing their skills to the highest standards.
Congratulations and best of luck on your travels, Conor and Eoin!
Banbridge Town 3-1 Armagh City
Armagh City travelled to Crystal Park, Banbridge on Tuesday night but failed to make an impact in the game and were well beaten by the home side. Indeed this is the one knock out cup in which City have failed to make any real progress over many years.
After a scoreless first half Ryan Moffatt broke the deadlock to fire Town in front on 51 minutes from the penalty spot after Christopher McGrath had been brought down. Andrew Hoey levelled for City with 20 minutes remaining, however six minutes later Matthew McCartan rifled the ball home from the edge to restore the home side’s lead.
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City are back in action tonight with a trip to Banbridge Town in the first round of the JBE League Cup. Kick-off at Crystal Park is at the earlier time of 6.45pm, and the game will be played to a finish. A win could set up an early season tie against Premiership opposition.
In other cup news, City have been drawn at home to the winners of Windmill Stars and Tullyvallen Rangers in the second round of Bob Radcliffe Cup on Saturday 12 September. In the Mid-Ulster Cup, Lurgan Celtic will visit Holm Park in the first round on Tuesday 22 September. Kick-offs for both games to be announced.
Two of City’s youth teams were in action over the weekend at the Harry Gregg Festival of Football in Coleraine, enjoying a chance to meet up with the local footballing legend himself while also getting their pre-season campaigns underway against some of the top sides in the country.
The U17s will continue their National League preparations at Holm Park on Wednesday 19 August, with St Oliver Plunkett’s visiting Holm Park for a 7.30pm kick-off, while they will also take on a Cavan/Monaghan select side at Holm Park on Sunday 23 August, kick-off 12pm.
Armagh City 3-1 Dergview
Eamon Kelly returned to the City starting line-up on Saturday and grabbed the opening goal before setting up Marty Havern’s winner
City got their home league campaign off to a winning start when they recorded an impressive win over a strong Dergview side at Holm Park on Saturday.
The home side had a chance to go ahead in the opening minute when Stefan Lavery, making his debut following his recent arrival from Dungannon Swifts, had his attempt saved by Dergview keeper Jack Boggs.
The opening quarter hour was a lively affair with both sides showing attacking intent. It was City however who came closest to breaking the deadlock when a Marty Havern free-kick crashed against the crossbar and was cleared to safety by the relieved visitors’ defence.
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