City back on the cup trail 

Armagh City will be back on the Mid-Ulster Cup trail tomorrow when they entertain Newry City AFC.

The Holm Park encounter, (Tuesday, October 28, kick-off 7.30pm), gives the local outfit a chance to relax from the rigors of Championship One football and, possibly, hand a run-out to several players on the fringe of first-team football.

Former Premier League side Newry are rated highly and will provide tough opposition despite losing several top players when forfeiting their senior status.

City, however, are on the crest of a wave after defeating Dundela 5-2 on Saturday last – their biggest ever win over the east Belfast outfit!

They produced a very solid performance in the victory and, crucially, tucked away the majority of chances which came their way.

A hat-trick from striker Stephen Murray paved the way for the result but he was aided and abetted all the way in that game by the outstanding wing play of Shea McGerrigan.

Meanwhile, City now know their opponents in the semi-final of the Bob Radcliffe Cup.
For they will have another local derby clash with Loughgall in the mouthwatering tie at Holm Park, Armagh, on Tuesday, November 11, kick-off 7.45pm.
This follows the Villagers quarter-final win, on penalties, over Lurgan Celtic on Saturday last.
The local teams have clashed once already this season when City shared the spoils in a Belfast Telegraph Championship One match at Lakeview Park.
This Saturday, November 1, Armagh will be back to the bread and butter of league football.
They travel to take on Ballyclare Comrades and, once again, a tough encounter is envisaged. However, on currrent form City have a great chance of taking the spoils.
On Saturday week, November 8, Championship One leaders Bangor will provide the opposition at Holm Park. The County Down visitors are currently on the crest of a wave and destroyed the PSNI at the weekend with an 8-0 win!
City lost to Bangor in last season’s Intermediate Cup final by 2-0 but will be hoping to turn the tables on the Seasiders this time around.
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Last Man Standing w/e 25th October

Conor mcnamee. Arsenal.

Dara Noonan Man city.
David Courtney. Swansea.
Gareth grimley arsenal.
Gary Cooke west brom.
Gerard Stevenson, burnley.
James Nesbitt, arsenal.
John Hynds Liverpool.
Keith Nesbitt west ham.
Geoff Lester spurs.
Jim Bruce, Liverpool.
Luke grimley arsenal.
Niall geoghegan, burnley.
Peter shields , spurs.
Philip Donnelly , burnley.
Roily McCabe, burnley.
Ryan runnette, arsenal.
Simon Courtney, Southampton.
Tommy McAllister arsenal.
Ryan Martin arsenal.
Ryan Stewart, Everton.

For those on burnley this week. I didn’t receive a nominated team from you so the alphabetical team rule kicked in. The first team alphabetically AT HOME that you have not used. This week that is burnley. Some money still outstanding so could you please see Christopher Crowe Tony Murphy, Philip Johnston or any other committee member to square up. Thanks.

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Five-star City crush Dundela

Armagh City 5 Dundela 2
A superb hat-trick from Armagh City’s Stephen Murray set his side up with an impressive 5-2 Belfast Telegraph Championship One win over visitors Dundela.

The big striker was on target in the opening minute when a cross into the box by Shea McGerrigan was dispatched into the corner of the net past outstretched ‘keeper Johnny Sergeant.

City doubled their tally on five minutes when the rampant McGerrigan again got to the bye-line and fired in another dangerous cross which was collected by Ryan McGerrigan who found the back of the Dundela net with a low 15-yard shot.

After these early setbacks the Belfast side began to settle and, on 25 minutes, City ‘keeper Niall Geoghegan brilliantly saved a close-range effort from Carl McComb, while Michael Halliday headed the resultant corner just wide.

Then the Duns Kyle Owens had a header cleared off the City goal-line by the alert Donnelly.

These misses proved vital as Armagh then raced forward to notch their third score on 34 minutes.

A free-kick from Ultan Lennon found McGerrigan on the left and his cross into the box was met on the volley by Murray who had time and space to pick his spot from 10-yards out. 

Then came one of the most spectacular goals ever seen at Holm Park!
Aided by the strong wind Lennon let fly with a free-kick from 65-yards which Sergeant could only parry onto the underside of the crossbar before the ball fell behind him into the back of the net! Just before the break Andrew Simms fired in a fierce shot for shell-shocked Dundela but Geoghegan did brilliantly once again to deflect the effort for a corner.
Half-time: Armagh City 4 Dundela 0.
At the start of the second-half the visitors rang the changes in an effort to get back into the match.
And, within five minutes of the restart, they had reduced the arrears when Halliday flicked the ball home from close-range following a corner on the right.
Dundela kept up the pressure and were given further encouragement on 80 minutes when Scott Collins breezed past three Armagh defenders and found the net with a powerful shot from the edge of the 18-yard box.
This was a wake-up call for City and they suddenly came out of their shell once more and launched a number of attacks, noteable through the impressive McGerrigan on the left.
And, with five minutes remaining, the home side did round off a fine performance with their fifth score.
Donnelly broke into the Dundela box and crossed to Murray who tapped the ball into an empty net from just six yards out.
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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
Daniel metcalf. No team yet.
Dara Noonan. Southampton.
David Courtney. No team yet.
David Nesbitt. No team yet.
Eamon Kelly. Out.
Eoin donaghy. No team yet.
Eric Browne. Out.
Gareth grimely . No team yet.
Gary Cooke . Chelsea.
Geoff Lester . Man city.
Gerdie. No team yet.
Jack Ellis. Out
James Nesbitt. No team yet .
Jim Bruce. Everton
John Hynds. Chelsea.
Keith Nesbitt. Chelsea.
Kevin Keegan. Out.
Liam Cullen. No team yet .
Liam McGerrigan. No team yet.
Luke grimley. Newcastle.
Marty rice. Out.
Michael dobbs. No team yet.
Niall geoghegan. No team yet.
Nigel Cooke. Out
Paul Paul Carvill . No team yet.
Pearse donaghy. Out.
Peter mcclelland. Arsenal.
Peter shields. Everton.
Philip Donnelly. No team yet.
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.
Ryan Mc Gerrigan. No team yet.
Ryan run nettle. No team yet.
Sean Morgan. Out.
Shea McGerrigan. No team yet.
Simon Allen. No team yet.
Simon Courtney. No team yet.
Spencer. Out
Stephen Murray. Out.
Stevie r. Out.
Tim foster. Arsenal
Tommy McAllister. Liverpool.

If no team put forward you will be given the first team alphabetically no already used.

If you have yet to pay please see. Philip Johnston, pudgy, kevin Keegan, or any committee member asap.
Thanks all.

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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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