Armagh City’s pre-season started only a week into July as Eniskillen Santos visited Armagh. City failed to capitalise on a promising start, with Glen Clarke and Richard Nesbitt both unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. It was the visitors however who were on target, as two second half goals saw the Fermanagh and Western outfit return to the Erne County with a 2-0 win
A fortnight later it was City who travelled to the Lakelands with a trip to Irvinestown and opposition in the form of Lisnarick. A sprightly performance helped the Eagles to a 4-0 win, with Gareth Grimley, Glen Clarke, Liam Cullen and late substitute Darren Bruce all netting. Adam Nesbitt could have added to the scoreline, but after winning a penalty, the big striker failed to convert and his effort was well saved.
Next up for City was the visit of Mountjoy United. A young Armagh side led twice in the scond half but failed ot hold on for a win. Centre half Nicky Finlay and striker Mark Trainor both netted as the sides played out a 2-2 draw.
Following the Reserve side’s 10-0 win over Armagh Blues, Holm Park re-opened for the John Steenson Memorial Trophy last weekend and welcomed local opposition in the shape of Richhill. Two well taken goals either side of the break by Adam Nesbitt presented the Eagles with a two goal cushion, but the visitors pulled one back in the second half and despite some late pressure it was City who booked their place in the final against Armagh Rovers.
A Portadown Reserves outfit were next to visit. A domniant first half display put the outcome beyond doubt at half-time. Dale Montgomery, Mark Rowney and Johnny McSorley helped City to a 3-0 half-time lead. Adam Nesbitt completed the scoring as he coolly rounded the goalkeeper to seal the 4-0 victory.
Next up for Armagh City is a Reserves match against Newry City Wanderers (U18s) at Ardmore tonight at 7.30pm, before Saturday’s John Steenson Memorial Trophy final against Armagh Rovers which kicks off at 3.00pm.