Armagh City 6 Fivemiletown Utd 0
Armagh City blasted their way into the fifth round of the Intermediate Cup on Saturday as they cast aside the challenge of visitors Fivemiletown United.
The Holm Park outfit opened their account in the second minute when a cross from the right was bundled into the opposition net by Northern Ireland youth international Andrew Hoey.
And they doubled their tally on 21 minutes when another January signing, ex-Warrenpoint Town favourite Marty Havern, turned on the edge of the box and fired into the roof of the net past outstretched United ‘keeper Chris Dynes.
And, just a minute later, Hoey notched his second score after he rounded Dynes and shot home following an inch-perfect through ball from Phillip Donnelly.
City were dominating all aspects of the match and they were unlucky not to extend their advantage before the break but the visiting stopper saved his team when denying Donnelly, Stephen Murray and Havern in quick succession.
Half-time: Armagh City 3 Fivemiletown Utd 0.
Armagh again controlled matters in the second-half and they made sure of taking the spoils when Ultan Lennon got the final headed touch to an inswinging Dale Montgomery corner on 64 minutes.
Hoey rounded off a superb hat-trick on 75 minutes from the penalty spot and sub Gary Boyle squeezed home a sixth at the near post to make sure last season’s beaten cup finalists are back in the hat for the fifth round.
A bus for supporters attending the Irish Cup 6th round match against Glentoran will leave the clubhouse on Saturday 7th February at 1.30 pm for the 3pm kick off.
Club chairman Philip Johnston is encouraging all supporters to get behind the team , and he stated “We are really looking forward to this cup tie and will not be overawed by taking on Glentoran at The Oval. Hopefully, local supporters will turn out in force and, to achieve this end, we are proud to be putting on first-class transport”.
Anyone wishing to book a place on the bus should contact a committee member or call 07979812153. Adults £6. Children £4.
Armagh City take on top junior opposition in the fourth round of the Intermediate Cup this Saturday.
For they entertain Fivemiletown United at Holm Park in a match which kicks-off at the revised time of 3pm.
The visitors are currently lying in joint third place in the Mid-Ulster Intermediate League ‘A’ but have matches in hand on those above them.
With nothing to lose and everything to gain, Fivemiletown will arrive in Armagh full of confidence, backed by a large travelling support.
Certainly, City will not be taking them lightly as, in the past, the Holm Park side have fallen to so-called lesser opposition.
But, as beaten Intermediate Cup finalists last season, Armagh will be going flat out to make the latter stages of the torrnament once again.
After their 3-1 Championship One win over Lisburn Distillery on Saturday last, City will be confident mood that they can progress.
The first-team squad is in fine fettle at present, especially at Holm Park, and it would be a major shock if they were to lose the match.
Armagh manager Marty Rice may make some changes to his starting line-up this weekend, with one or two players from the bench making the starting line-up, but it is unlikely that he takes a risk on anyone outside the Firsts’ panel.
The Armagh City v Fivemiletown United Intermediate Cup fourth round match kicks-off at Holm Park, Armagh, this Saturday, January 24, at 3pm.
Armagh City 3 Lisburn Distillery 1
Armagh City completed a Belfast Telegraph Championship One double over Lisburn Distillery at Holm Park on Saturday.
Both sides fought for early dominance and scoring chances were at a premium as two strong defences dominated.
It was going to take something special to break the deadlock and this came after 20 minutes when City’s Northern Ireland youth international Andrew Hoey let fly from 25 yards and his shot flew past Ryan Bride into the top corner of the net.
Armagh now began to take control and almost increased their lead on the half-hour when a low shot from Marty Havern was brilliantly turned around an upright by the alert Bride.
Lisburn’s best effortof the half came five minutes before the break when a long-range effort from Bradley Morton brought out the best in City stopper Sean Morgan.
Half-time: Armgh Cityy 1 Lisburn Distillery 0.
The home team had another superb chance on 52 minutes when a low goalbound header from Havern was somehow scooped off the goal-line by inrushing collegue Hoey at the back-post.
And this miss was to prove costly as the visitors immediately launched a counter-attack which led to midfielder Kevin O’Connor scoring with a low shot from 10-yards out.
This reverse only served to inspire City who almost took the lead again moments later but another classy save by Bride denied leading scorer Stephen Murray.
Armagh kept up the pressure and captain Liam Cullen and Murray had further efforts well saved by the impressive Bride.
But there was nothing the Lisbirn stopper could do to deny the home side on 81 minutes when Havern drove high into the net from 10-yards after an inch-perfect cross from the right.
And, on the stroke of full-time, City secured the points when Andy Moore was left free in the box to head home an Ultan Lennon free-kick.
Armagh City’s two New Year signings made their mark as the Holm Park side progressed to the last 16 of the Irish Cup on Saturday.
For former Glenavon midfielder Andrew Hoey and ex-Warrenpoint striker Marty Havern both scored as the Eagles swooped to victory over plucky junior outfit Newtowne.
City now meet Glentoran at The Oval in the sixth round of the tournament on February 7 and the trip to Belfast will hold no fears for Marty Rice’s outfit.
For 12 months ago Armagh pushed the east Belfast giants all the way when they were narrowly beaten after a replay.
Armagh’s passage to the next stage was never in doubt against Newtowne and, with more clinical finishing, they could have won by a much biggger margin.
The home side produced a gilt-edged opening on 12 minutes when a cross from Ryan McGerrigan was met perfectly by Havern but opposition ‘keeper Dean McInnes pulled of a magnificent save to deny him.
The ‘keeper was at full stretch moments later when he parried a powerful Gary Boyle shot around an upright as City continued to press for the opener.
And, on 26 minutes, the deserved breakthrough came when Hoey headed home from close range after a pin-point cross from the right.
But Newtowne fought back immediately and Declan Logue was unlucky to see his powerful shot fly wide while Paul McIvor just headed past an upright from the next attack.
These scares, however, only served to focus Armagh who then took a real grip on the game.
On 40 minutes they made it 2-0 with a brilliant 20-yard free-kick from Boyle which curled over the Newtown defensive wall past the outstretched McInness.
In a one-sided second-half Havern went close for City on several occasions while Boyle, Philip Donnelly and Andy Moore all had opportunities to add to their tally.
City rounded off the scoring, however, on 82 minutes when Havern blasted a powerful 15-yard shot over the unlucky visiting ‘keeper after being sent clear by the classy Philip Donnelly who dictated play throughout.
Two other late chances fell Havern’s way but he just failed to convert on these occasions.
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Dean Montgomery, Ryan McGerrigan (Cathal Judge on 85), Luke Grimley, Dara Noonan, Andy Moore, Marty Havern, Liam Culen, Gary Boyle (Conor McNamee on 83), Philip Donnelly, Andy Hoey (Robbie McQuade on 77). Subs DNP: Barry Quinn, Conor Larkin.
Newtowne: Dean McIness, Rory O’Reilly, Ryan Twist, Aaron McGregor (Gary Moore on 45), Evan Donnell, Conor McCloskey, Richard King, Declan Logue (Danny Gilfillan on 77), Johnny Duddy (Billy Doran on 57), Paul McIvor, Ryan McIlmoyle. Sub DNP: Steven Duffy.
Man-of-match: Philip Donnelly, Armagh City.
Ref: Mr Chris Morrison (Belfast).
Armagh City 1 Loughgall 0
There was no quarter asked for or given in this Belfast Telegraph Championship One derby match at Holm Park.
Both teams went for the jugular from the outset and several early feisty tackles set the pattern for a full-blooded, no nosense affair.
Loughgall had the best initial chance when Daniel Brown blasted wide from 10-yards while City were denied an opener almost immediately when hesitation by Stephen Murray meant a great chance went abegging.
On 21 minutes Armagh had superb back-to-back chances when Paul Carvill’s rasping 20-yard shot was tipped over the crossbar and then central defender Ultan Lennon headed just wide from the resultant corner-kick.
Then a brilliant cross from the left by City’s Philip Donnelly just eluded their inrushing captain Liam Cullen who flicked the ball wide when a goal looked on.
Loughgall weathered this storm, however, and just before the break almost opened the scoring themselves but a powerful shot from Marcus Dallas was brilliantly diverted around an upright by Armagh’s outstretched ‘keeper Sean Morgan.
Half-time: Armagh City 0 Loughgall 0.
Armagh launched an early attack after the break and Lennon headed just over from six yards after another decisive set-piece from the Holm Park outfit.
City were now taking control and, on 50 minutes, Murray blasted the ball over the Loughgall crossbar from close range.
But, just a minute later, they did take a deserved lead when Dara Noonan won the ball from a corner-kick and headed back across goal where Murray popped up to apply the finishing touch at the near-post.
City then almost capitalised with a carbon-copy move but, on this occasion, Noonan’s dangerous effort at the back-post was cleared.
As time was running out Loughgall threw caution to the wind and almost equalised on the stroke of full-time but, to City’s delight, the final shot was blasted just wide.
A competitive match, Armagh were delighted with the three points against their arch rivals but the Villagers can earn early compensation when they contest the Bob Radcliffe Cup final at Lakview Park on Boxing Day morning.