Pre-season cup success for City

Holm Park hosted the John Steenson Memorial Trophy Final on Saturday, as City welcomed Armagh Rovers. The recently crowned Mid-Ulster League Division 3 Champions arrived in buoyant mood, following a penalty success against Lisanally Rangers a week prior, with former City youth players Michael Graham, Kris Quinn and Philip Harvey among their ranks. The visitors’ fate would yet again be decided by penalties, with City coming out on top this time, following an exciting 2-2 draw after 90 minutes.

In a competitive first half it was Rovers who struck first. City failed to deal with a free kick as it entered the box, and as players waited for a whistle, they left Danny Gallagher with the simple task of tapping into an empty net. For all City’s endevaour and play, the resilient visitors held firm, limiting the Eagles to half chances, while Harvey led the line for Rovers ably. It was City who got the second goal however, as a hand went up in the Rovers box and referee Philip Walker pointed to the spot. Adam Nesbitt’s shot snuck under Graham in the Rovers net to leave the sides even at the break.

Rovers, however regained the lead early in the second half, as Tiernan McShane fired from the edge of the box and saw his shot squirm under City stopper Sean Morgan. The Eagles did however bounce back once more, in spectacular fashion this time, as Andy Moore volleyed beautifully into the bottom right corner with a left footed effort that left Graham with no chance. The combination of the introduction of Cusack and Rowney and the tiring Rovers legs seemed to put City in the ascendancy, but despite good passages of play, City couldn’t find the net, and with the score 2-2 at full-time, as per tournament rules, the match went straight to penalties.

Sean Morgan thwarted all four of the visitors’ attempts, with Nicky Finlay and Liam Cullen netting for City. Captain Cullen was then presented with the trophy to complete an exciting tournament and final, which provided a great showcase for football in the local area.

Armagh City would like to thank Armagh Rovers, Lisanally Rangers and Richill for their involvement in the tournament and wish them every success for the forthcoming season.

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