Cup final fever

Armagh City will be hoping to end their season in real style this week when they contest the Mid-Ulster Cup final against Dungannon Swifts on Tuesday night.
The match will be played at Stangmore Park and kicks-off at 7.45pm.
City will be underdogs against the Premier League outfit but can take heart after turning over Glenavon 3-2 in their semi-final, also playing away from home.
Armagh’s only worry will be the set-up of their back-four as defenders Ultan Lennon (injured) and Luke Grimley (suspended) are unavailable. Dara Noonan was also taken off  near the end of the Bangor match on Saturday as a precaution but, hopefully, he will be fit to play in the cup final.
However, Armagh have plenty of cover in this area and whoever is brought in as replacements will undoubtedly do a decent job.
Elsewhere the team is at full strength and capable of making life more than difficult for the Swifts.
City will be running a supporters bus to the final which leaves their Holm Park clubrooms at 6.45pm.
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Meanwhile, Armagh conclude their Championship One season this Saturday, April 25, when they entertain Knockbreda at Holm Park, kick-off 3pm.
A win for City means they would overtake their Belfast opponents in the league table, finishing in a creditable seventh place.
But it will not be easy against a confident Knockbreda outfit who have shown improved form recently.
The sides usually have a close encounter and another eagerly contested match is envisaged again this time around.
Following the match a ‘Night of the Races’ has been arranged in the clubrooms, (starting around 6pm), and everyone is cordially invited to attend.
The ‘Players Presentation’ evening is also scheduled to take place in Armagh City Hotel on Saturday, May 16. Following the awards and dinner there will be music and dancing. Anyone wishing to attend can contact club chairman Philip Johnston or any committee member for details.
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City beat Welders to secure Championship 1 status

H&W Welders 0 Armagh City 2

City secured their Championship 1 status as they moved to seventh position in the league with an excellent away win. City played well throughout the first half, with Donnelly and Hoey both going close with long range efforts. The Welders had some decent attacks and also went close on a few occassions, but City came closest to breaking the deadlock when Moore had an effort cleared off the line.

Lucky to be on even terms at the break, Welders started the second half in determined fashion and Rainey forced an excellent block from City keeper Morgan. They went close and skimmed the bar, but it was City who broke the deadlock through Andrew Hoey, when he fired over the keeper from a narrow angle after being put through following good work by Murray and Donnelly down the left flank.

As the game drifted towards the close, the teams were matched in a midfield tussle, but then Donnelly sealed the points for City when he got on the end of a neat through ball from Hoey. This was a great away win for City, with an impressive defensive display and some excellent quick attacking play.

City team: Morgan, Montgomery, R McGerrigan, Grimley, Noonan, Mallon, Moore, Cullen, Murray, Donnelly, Hoey

Subs: McAnallen, McQuaid, Boyle, McNamee, S McGerrigan

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Bus available for fans going to Mid-Ulster Cup final

The Mid Ulster Cup Final is on Tuesday 21st April where City will take on Dungannon Swifts. A bus to Stangmore Park will leave the club at 6.45pm. Seats can be booked by contacting any committee member or texting P Johnston on 07979812153 or G Lester on 07557967667 or on Facebook. The match kicks off at 7.45 pm.

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Under 16s in NIBFA semi-final against Linfield

The NIBFA Cup Under-16 semi-final is on Wednesday 15th April at Lurgan Junior High. The Homecare-sponsored Armagh City team take on Linfield. Come along and support our youth team. Kick-off at 8pm.

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City shock Glenavon to reach Mid-Ulster Cup final

Glenavon 2 Armagh City 3

Armagh City stunned Glenavon at a wet and windy Mourneview, despite repeated comebacks from the top-tier team. After a quiet start to the match, disaster struck when the referee awarded Glenavon a penalty for handball. Luckily the decision was then reversed as it transpired that a Glenavon player had handled the ball!

Stevie Murray went close for City before Dara Noonan gave City the lead, heading in from a good corner by Montgomery. City continued to push forward and had further chances through McGerrigan and Murray, but the half ended with City 1-0 up.

The second half got off to a poor start as Glenavon actually got a penalty and converted it in the 49th minute to get back on level terms. City weren’t overawed by the equaliser and came back strongly, with Moore going close, before Murray got the goal he deserved to re-establish the lead.

Glenavon kept coming back for more, and equalised again in the 76th minute, but once again, Stevie Murray bloke clear of the Glenavon defence to seal the winner with seven minutes to go.

A tremendous result for the team, who now face Dungannon Swifts in the final on April 21st.

City team: Morgan, Montgomery, R McGerrigan, Mallon,Noonan, Kelly, Grimley, Moore, Murray, Donnelly, Havern.

Subs: Larkin, McAnallen, Cullen, Boyle, McQuaid.

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Armagh City 1 Dergview 1

Dergview got into their stride much quicker than their Armagh City hosts in this competitive Belfast Telegraph Championship One fixture at Holm Park.

The visitors opened the scoring on 15 minutes when a cross from right wing-back Philip Wallace was diverted into his own net by City central defender Dara Noonan, giving ‘keeper Sean Morgan no chance.

But after their poor start the home side began to assert themselves and were unlucky not to equalise before the break with fine efforts from Marty Havern and Philip Donnelly.

Immediately after the restart a long-range effort from Sean Mallon whizzed just wide of the Dergview upright with their stopper Jack Beggs beaten all ends up.

However, the visitors hit back immediately and Gareth Falconer missed a great chance to put his side further ahead when he blasted over the top from just eight yards out.

But Armagh were bossing the game at this stage and they deservedly equalised on 56 minutes when a 25-yard shot from Donnelly flew into the top left-hand corner of the net despite the best effort of Beggs.

In the final quarter City went quiet again and Dergview dominated but, despite this, Armagh had two of the best chances to claim all three points when late efforts from Stephen Murray and Dale Montgomery just went abegging.

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Tuesday 21st April
K.O. 7.45 pm

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