City get home draw in Cup

City have been drawn at home against Shankill United in the fourth round of the Irish Cup. Tie to kick off at Holm Park on December 6th at 1.30pm.

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City win thriller

Armagh City 3 Donegal Celtic 2
Armagh City took the spoils in this Belfast Telegraph Championship One ding-dong battle with Donegal Celtic at Holm Park on Saturday.
The local side began the stronger and took a dseserved lead on 15 minutes when a cross from Dale Montgomery found Dara Noonan at the back-post and he headed past the dispairing visiting ‘keeper Gerard McErlean.
And, four minutes later, it was 2-0 to City when Stephen Murray ran through the static Celtic back-four before blasting wide of the onrushing McErlean into the back of the net.
At this stage Armagh were cruising and looked as if they would have the game wrapped up by the interval.
They had another great chance to increase their tally on 34 minutes but Philip Donnelly dragged his shot wide when well placed.
Then, on 40 minutes, City’s young midfielder Ronan O’Hara blasted just over the Celtic crossbar following an inch-perfect cross from Paul Carvill.
A minute before the break, however, the match was turned on its head when a mix-up in the Armagh defence allowed the ball to drop at the feet of Celtic’s Darren Stewart who tapped home from close range.
Half-time: Armagh City 2 Donegal Celtic 1.
Just after the break Denver Taggart almlost brought an equaliser for the visitors but somehow he managed to blast the ball over the Armagh crossbar from just three yards out.
The Belfast side were now pressing for the equaliser but were caught cold by a superb City break which resulted in a 25-yard dipping shot from Carvill being flicked over the crosbar by the alert McErlean.
From the resultant corner taken by Montgomery, however, Ultan Lennon powered in at the back-post to head City’s third past the stranded Celtic stopper.
To their credit DC piled forward at every opportunity and Noonan and Lennon at the heart of the Armagh defence had to be at their brilliant best to keep the visitors at bay.
But, with time running out, their was nothing they could do to stop Pearse Devine making a superb run into the box before sending a 15-yard pile-driver into the corner of the net past outstretched City ‘keeper Sean Morgan.
In the keenly contested match City’s impressive midfielder Cornor McAnallen was sent off near the end after receiving his second yellow. Celtic’s Ryan Dunlop also received a red after a crunching tackle and, in an unsavoury melee on the final whistle, another visiting player was given his marching orders as tempers flared.
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City take on Loughgall tonight

The mouth-watering clash takes place at Holm Park tonight (Tuesday, November 11) and kicks-off at 7.30pm.
City and the Villagers have met once already this season, sharing the spoils in a hard fought Belfast Telegraph Championship One game at Lakeview Park.
But this cup match will be played to a finish – with the winners also claiming local bragging rights!
Armagh were without winger Shea McGerrigan against Bangor but, although in the panel, he was rested on the bench to protect a leg injury sustained in the Mid-Ulster Cup game against Newry City FC recently.
His rerurn would be welcomed by the Holm Park outfit – the current holders of the Bob Radcliffe Trophy.
Loughgall, however, will have exrtra incentive against City because, if they win the tie, then it is probable they will host the prestigue final at the traditional Lakeview Park venue on Boxing Day!
Currently, the Villagers are showing slightly better form than their City opponents and warned up for the cup encounter with a league point away at Donegal Celtic on Saturday last.
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City run high-flying Bangor close

Armagh Ciy came within a whisker of taking the scalp of unbeaten Belfast Telegraph Championship One leaders Bangor at Holm Park on Saturday.

Only a late rally saved the Seasiders who dealt a double blow to scuttle the brave Eagles in a rip-roaring contest.

Chances were at a premium early on but Bangor almost opened their account on 17 minutes when a thunderous shot from Richard Gibson was brilliantly palmed to safety by City stopper Sean Morgan.

But Armagh fought back and visiting ‘keeper Paul Cairnduff was at full stretch on the half-hour to deny rampant striker Stephen Murray.

Murray had another half chance just before the break but, on this occasion, Cairnduff was not troubled.

In the opening half the teams largely cancelled each other out but, after the break, the game really opened up and many more chances were created.

The home side were now much more direct and Murray, Philip Donnelly and Ryan McGerrigan all went close after a period of pressure.

Bangor were always dangerous on the break, however, and Gibson just missed out with a headed effort despite the close attentions of Armagh centre-back Ultan Lernnon.

A breakthrough looked inevitable and this duly arrived in the 64th minute.

City’s Murray burst through to the edge of the box before unleashing a powerful low shot which left Cairnduff floundering on this occasion.

But the big Bangor stopper made amends minutes later when he pulled off another great save from the dangerous Armagh striker.

The visitors then took the bull by the horns as they piled forward in seach of an equaliser.

And they drew leavel on 85 minutes when Colin Nixon climbed high at the back-post to find the top corner of the City net with a well placed header.

Bangor kept on the offensive and, in the 90th minute, they grabbed the winner when a swinging cross from the right by Don Melly eluded everyone in the packed goalmouth and drifted past the unlucky Morgan.
This was a dagger in the heart for City but a real boost to high-flying Bangor who maintain their unbeaten league run.
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Club 50th Anniversary Dinner

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On Friday 28th November we are holding the 50th anniversary celebration night in Armagh City Hotel. 

The event gets underway with a reception at 7pm, followed by the dinner at 7.45pm, with live music afterwards.

Tickets to the anniversary occasion are still available and can be obtained by contacting any committee member.

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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.

RADCLIFFE CUP
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.
LEAGUE
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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