Last Man Standing!

Armagh city last man standing . Weekend starting 18/10. Please leave your team below if no team beside your name. Good luck to all.

Aidan Murphy . Out
Andy Moore. Arsenal.
Barry Quinn. Out
Bertie . Out
Conor mcanallen. .? No team yet
Conor mcnamee. .southampton
Conor Murphy . Out
Dale Montgomery. Out
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Dara Noonan. Southampton.
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Eamon Kelly. Out.
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Gary Cooke . Chelsea.
Geoff Lester . Man city.
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Jack Ellis. Out
James Nesbitt. No team yet .
Jim Bruce. Everton
John Hynds. Chelsea.
Keith Nesbitt. Chelsea.
Kevin Keegan. Out.
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Luke grimley. Newcastle.
Marty rice. Out.
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Pearse donaghy. Out.
Peter mcclelland. Arsenal.
Peter shields. Everton.
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Philip Johnston . Out.
Christopher Crowe. Arsenal.
Robert Patterson. Out
Robert Hutchinson. Out
Robert Montgomery. Man utd.
Roly McCabe. No team yet.
Ronin o’hara. Out.
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Sean Morgan. Out.
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Tim foster. Arsenal
Tommy McAllister. Liverpool.

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City suffer against high-flying Larne

Armagh City 2 Larne 4

Larne are fast becoming the form team in the Belfast Telegraph Championship One.

With back-to-back wins over the PSNI and Armagh City, the Inver Park outfit are now looking like possible promotion candidates.

At Holm Park on Saturday they turned in a brilliant display and easily accounted for the Eagles, with visiting captain Paul Maguire leading the way with a superb hat-trick.

Larne attacked from the outset with Maguire, Kieran Murray and Stuart King creating inroads against an overwhelmed Armagh defence.

The visitors deservedly took the lead on 19 minutes when man-of-the-match Maguire flicked home a corner from the left.

But, immediately, Armagh broke forward and Stephen Murray sent the ball wide from six yards when left alone in front of goals.

However, this was a rare attack from the home side who found themselves penned in their own half for long periods during the opening 45 minutes.

Half-time: Armagh City 0 Larne 1.

On the restart Larne continued to press, winning three quick corners and, unluckily, just failing to add to their tally.

In another rare attack Armagh almost levelled but Gavin McParland’s shot went straight into the arms of relieved ‘keeper John Conley.

City had a further opportunity when Andy Moore got on the end of a deep cross from Dara Noonan but, once again, the opportunity was wasted as he belted the ball over the opposition crossbar from just five yards out.

These chances only failed to rally Larne once more and, on 69 minutes, they went 2-0 ahead when Maguire had time and space in the box to slot home his second.

Moments later it was 3-0 after Maguire rounded off a superb three-man move to make the game safe.

And, on 85 minutes, the visitors had extra insurance when sub Gerard Gillen met a corner from the right and flicked home a superb 10-yard volley to make it 4-0.

However, on 88 minutes City hit back when Shea McGerrigan broke in from the right and fired home a thunderous shot which gave Conley no chance.

And, in injury-time, Armagh brought respectability to the scoreline when Paul Carville curled home a superb 20-yard free-kick with Conley again beaten all ends up.

This fightback, however, was too little too late and, in the end, the high-riding Larne were comfortable and deserved winners.

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City through to Bob Radcliffe semi-final

City started well and in the opening minutes the visiting keeper William Hassan did well to punch away a Shea McGerrigan corner. Just afterwards a good run by McGerrigan won another corner. At the other end Coagh’s first serious attack ended with a through ball to Campbell but recalled goalkeeper Sean Morgan was out of his goal quickly. After 13 minutes Hassan did well to save from Gavin McParland but had no chance with City’s opening goal two minutes later. A high ball was chested down by McParland in front of Ronan O’Hara who placed the ball in front of Andy Moore who shot firmly to the corner of the net.

With 18 minutes gone McParland burst into the penalty area he went down under a tackle from Coagh defender Mark Drennan but referee Gerry Murray correctly waved play on and Coagh cleared the ball to Campbell who raced through with the goal at his mercy but Sean Morgan did brilliantly to block his shot from point blank range. After about half an hour’s play another brilliant run by Shea McGerrigan created a chance for Stephen Murray but his shot took a slight deflection and went out for a corner, leaving the City striker, who hadn’t scored for the club since the tenth minute of the opening day of the season, to wait a little longer.

A Coagh equaliser looked on when Campbell ran between two defenders and shot towards the top corner but Sean Morgan hurled himself across his goal to beat the ball away. William Hassan was called into action at the other end when Ryan McGerrigan sent the ever-dangerous Shea McGerrigan clear, he found Murray who headed the ball down for McParland but the goalkeeper was well out to save. However 35 minutes into the match a long clearance down the right by Dara Noonan was chased by Stephen Murray. He seemed to time his run perfectly and the assistant referee, well up with play, kept her flag down to the disappointment of some Coagh United supporters and Murray chipped the ball perfectly over Hassan to score his long-awaited second City goal of the season to add to the four he notched for Northern Ireland East in the Regions Cup. Hassan and Morgan both made fine saves in the last couple of minutes of the half and City went in with a 2-0 lead.

The first chance of the second half led to scramble in a crowded Coagh goalmouth and when the ball was turned across goal Conor McAnallen rose highest to power a header over Hassan only to see the keeper stretch to make a magnificent save. Coagh United however were a long way from giving up and Sean Morgan made a full length save from Campbell and another from Young. An unusual feature was that both managers made their three substitutions at once but this seemed to have the effect of closing the game down into a midfield battle and no real chances were created. Ronan O’Hara took a knock and had to be carried off leaving City to play out the last five minutes with ten players but Coagh couldn’t get the consolation goal for which they had worked so hard.

So it was that Armagh City had reached the semi-final of the tournament for the second year running and await the result of Saturday’s Lurgan Celtic -v- Loughgall match to see which side with stand in their way to another Boxing Day final.

ARMAGH CITY: Sean Morgan, Luke Grimley, Ryan McGerrigan, Conor McAnallen, Dara Noonan, Ronan O’Hara, Andy Moore yc, Liam Cullen, Stephen Murray, Gavin McParland, Shea McGerrigan subs Gary Boyle, Dale Montgomery and Philip Donnelly 65 mins for Cullen, Grimley and McParland

COAGH UNITED: William Hassan, Mark Taylor, James Ferguson, Mark Drennan, Simon Logan yc, Terence O’Brien, John Henry, Jonathan Young, Aaron Campbell, Lee Smyth, Matthew Kempton subs Aaron Thornton, Stephen Glasgow, Andrew Kelso 76 mins for Logan, Henry and Campbell

Referee: Gerry Murray assistants Lauren Murray, J O’Neill

Thanks to Brian Weir for match report


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Larne sail into the Holm  for championship clash! 

Armagh City will renew rivalry with Larne FC when they sail into Holm Park this Saturday.
And there will be extra incentive for the local club to do well against their County Antrim visitors in this Belfast Telegraph Championship One clash.
For, four seasons ago, City were demoted when they failed to grab any points in a mid-week league fixture at Inver Park!
Larne will arrive in confident mood after a 3-0 winning performance at the PSNI last weekend and, so far this season, have exceeded expectations and should get even stronger now that a number of their squad has returned from injury.
City, for their part, took a good away point at Loughgall last Saturday and this should stand them in good stead for the visit of the high-flying visitors.
Their only set-back is a foot injury to midfielder Eamon Kelly picked up on junior international duty in Moldova and, it is understood, this may keep him out of the game for some time!
However, striker Gavin McParland is back into the fold and defender Ultan Lennon is nearing the end of his gaelic commitments.
The Armagh City v Larne FC Belfast Telegraph Championship One game kicks-off at Holm Park, Armagh, this Saturday, October 11, at 3pm. All welcome.
Armagh manager Marty Rice, however, may have to tinker with his squad this week as City contest a competitive Bob Radcliffe Cup match to-night, Tueday, October 7, kick-off 7.45pm, also at Holm Park.
On this occasion the visitors are Coagh United who also have a long history of close encounters against City.
Now a Championship Two side, the County Tyrone outfit have not had the best start to the season but are renowned for their cup fighting qualities.
As Bob Radcliffe Cup holders, Armagh City will want to overcome this hurdle and retain the trophy but it will certainly not be easy.
The game, however, will provide the local outfit with a competitive run-out before the vitally important league clash with Larne at the weekend!
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Unlucky Armagh bitten by Wolff

Armagh City were unfortunate not to take something out of their Holm Park clash with Belfast Telegraph Championship One leaders Harland and Wolff Welders on Saturday.
They deserved at least a point against their well drilled and hard working Belfast opponents but were denied by some dubious refereeing decisions.
City seemed to have won an iron clad penalty on eight minutes when Welders ‘keeper Michael Dougherty received a yellow-card for upending the flying Shea McGerrigan. The Armagh winger looked to have been at least a yard inside the box but, instead, a free-kick was given on the edge of the 18-yard line and this came to nothing.
This score would have been against the run of play, however, as it was the visitors who started much the brighter and ruled the roost both in midfield and up front.
The Belfast side unfortunately lost the services through injury of Scott Davidson on 20 minutes but replacement Mark Maginess came on and made an impact throughout.
The Welders had two clear-cut scoring chances early on, with the best falling to the luckless Michael McLellan, while the experienced David Rainey was a constant threat for the visitors.
As the half progressed City fiound their feet and Stephen Murray, Philip Donnelly and Eamon Kelly all had half-chances but, to be fair, the solid Dougherty was rarely troubled.
Half-time: Armagh City 0 H and W Welders 0.
Just after the break a lightening raid by City resulted in Ardy Moore heading the ball across the Welder’s six-yard box and Murray swooping to blast home. But an assistant referee raised his flag to rule the efort off-side much to the home team’s annoyance.
Immediately, the Belfast side hit back and went close again at the back-post. This warning was not heeded and, on 60 minutes, Armagh paid the price.
A ball into the box found Ryan Deans who swivelled and fired a low shot into the opposite corner of the net just eluding City stopper Niall Geoghegan.
After this score City found their best form and set up a series of dangerous attacking raids.
And their efforts seemed to have paid off on 77 minutes when Shea McGerrigan blasted a low shot under Dougherty to find the back of the net. But, once again, the same assistant ref raised his flag for off-side and what seemed a good goal was wiped out for the second time.
Harland and Wolff, however, held out for the win, with most of the plaudits going to their impressive central defensive partnership of William Armstrong and Paul Dickson.
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City tackle the league leaders

Armagh City will face their toughest test of the new season on Saturday when they tackle current Belfast Telegraph Championship One leaders Harland and Wolff Welders.

The Belfast visitors have won three and drawn one of their opening four league matches and, by all accounts, will be tough nuts to crack.

City, on the other hand, struggled early in the season with defeats at Dergview and at home to the PSNI but, in successive weekends, have claimed a championship win away at Lisburn Distillery and travelled to knock Dollingstown out of the Bob Radcliffe Cup.

The Holm Park outfit, however, have recently been strengthened with the return of key squad players, with defender/midfielder Paul Carvill and striker Gavin McFarland both now fighting for first-team places.

Several other players who missed early season games are now back and, with playing-time under their belts, Armagh will be a much tougher proposition from now on.

Certainly, they will need to be at their fighting best this Saturday when the high-flying Harland and Wolff Welders come calling!

The sides last met in Belfast early-season last year when City narrowly lost a competitive League Cup tie by 1-0.

A reverse of that result would be ideal and is certainly not out of the question.

City are now strong in every department but have still not produced the flowing form which saw them swoop to claim the Championship Two title in such fine style last season.

But, if they can produce their best this weekend, then another three league points is well within the squad’s grasp!

Armagh City v Harland and Wolff Welders, Belfast Telegraph Championship One, kick-off 3pm, Holm Park, Armagh. All welcome.

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