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
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.
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.
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.
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.