L-R: Alex Clifford, Joe Kerr, Emma Grimley (iCare organising committee), Sean Daly
Players and coaches from City seniors, ladies and youth were delighted to take part in Saturday’s 5k iCare Purple Run at Gosford. Saturday’s event was a great day’s fun for families while also raising funds for three wonderful local causes:
– Fight for Alfie
– SANDS NI
– NI Air Ambulance in memory of Lesley Ann McCarragher
City ladies were well-represented among the huge numbers who took part, while first team manager Joe Kerr also took part prior to his side kicking-off their league campaign at Holm Park later in the day.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit www.icarecharity.com
Armagh City 2 (McKenna, Blevins)
Steafan McKenna celebrates his early debut goal with team-mates
The Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League got off to a ferocious start at Holm Park on Saturday, as Armagh City entertained Portstewart.
The home side found the net within the opening minute as Steafan McKenna marked his debut with a stunning strike as he cut in from the left to fire a right-footed effort into the top corner past the despairing dive of keeper Lukasz Bednarz.
The Seahawks responded quickly, however, and were back on level terms just 7 minutes later as City failed to deal with a through-ball and Eoghan Quigg coolly finished past the on-rushing Danny Devine in the Armagh goal.
Portstewart continued to hold the upper-hand in their return to PIL action, and were rewarded 10 minutes before the break when Johnny Stewart controlled a cross from the left with his back to goal, turned quickly and fired an early effort into the bottom corner past Devine.
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It’s the start of a new season for Armagh City on the pitch, and we’re on the lookout for enthusiastic team players who’d like to be part of the club, and specifically its media team. Whether you’re looking to build a portfolio for college or a future career, or just passionate about social media, writing or photography, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking to expand our coverage of the city’s top club, so there are opportunities to produce content in whatever medium suits you. Ideally, you’d be available to contribute to the team on a regular basis, but even a few hours of commitment can make a big difference. We’ll provide support, training and even transportation whenever you need it, and you could well see your hard work appearing in the local and national media.
If you fit the bill, or know someone who might, please get in touch via direct message or email email@example.com
H&W Welders 3
Armagh City 0
A much changed and youthful City side made their exit from the League Cup at Tillysburn on Saturday against an experienced Welders side.
The home side were on the offensive from the first whistle and won a series of early corners which were easily dealt with by the City defence.
The first effort on target by either side came on 15 minutes when a long range effort by Matthew Hynds was comfortably saved by home keeper Craughwell. Minutes later the home side took the lead when Ross Arthurs made a strong run down the left before cutting the ball back to Leon Bonnes to score from close range. The home side pushed to add to their lead but the City defence held firm well marshalled by Caio Lobo and Leo Montiero. The nearest they came to adding a second was when a Scott McMillan header was cleared off the line by Daniel Courtney.
City gradually started to grow into the game with Michael O’Hehir working tirelessly upfront being well supported by Jack Clarke, Thai Blevins and Simon Smyth from the midfield area. On 40 minutes a Hynds effort flashed past a post and on the stroke of half time Jack Clarke had the ball in the net from a corner but his effort was rather harshly ruled out for what the referee considered an earlier foul on the keeper as he flapped at the ball.
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Armagh City 1
The home side started the more brightly and but for a finger tip save from Paul Cairnduff they might have taken an early lead from an excellent Shea Campbell strike. A Johnny McSorley shot was off target and a Jasir Camara effort was comfortably saved by Cairnduff.
As the half wore on the visitors started to come more into the game. It was the home side however that took the lead five minutes from the interval following good build up play an Eamon Kelly cross from the left was met inside the box by Conor Mullen who found the net.
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City have received confirmation of dates and kick-off times for the two-legged NIFL Championship Promotion/Relegation Play-off against Newry City.
First Leg – Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Newry City v Armagh City
Second Leg – Friday, 5th May, 2017
Armagh City v Newry City
Both games will kick-off at 7.45pm.