Armagh City 3 PSNI 1
Armagh City produced a stunning performance to account for the PSNI at Holm Park on Saturday. The team ran out convincing 3-1 winners on a day when the whole squad contributed to an excellent display.
City looked like the sharper team right from the start, with some crisp passing involved in the City attacks, and Richard Nesbitt was most unlucky not to put City in the lead when his shout bounced out from the inside of the post and was cleared by PSNI.
City had the upperhand in every department and only came under real pressure when giving the ball away twice in dangerous positions in the opening half, but on these occassions the central defensive pairing of Kerr and Bruce did just enough to prevent PSNI from taking advantage.
Armagh deservedly took the lead on 40 minutes when Richard Nesbitt fired home a shot into the top right corner after an inch-perfect pass from Liam Cullen.
City continued to play well after the break and made it 2-0 midway through the second-half when Gavin Cusack tapped home from close range following some fine play down the right by Adam Nesbitt.
City copper-fastened their opening day win when Adam Nesbitt made it a family double when he headed home superbly at the back-post after a fine run and cross from the excellent Dale Montgomery.
PSNI scored a consolation on the stroke of full-time when Gary Browne hit a low 12-yard shot into the corner of the Armagh net after a cross from the right.
This was an excellent performance from City with good performances in all areas, putting together good moves in attack and showing excellent focus and work rate in defence. Jonny McSorley made his 100th appearance for City on his return to competitive action and Stuart Bruce picked up the Man of the Match award on his debut.
Armagh City team: Sean Morgan, Ryan Metcalfe, Ryan McGerrigan, Gerard Kerr, Stuart Bruce, Gavin Cusack, Jonny McSorley, Liam Cullen, Adam Nesbitt,Richard Nesbitt, Dale Montgomery.
Subs: Matthew Hynds for R Nesbitt, Jonny McMahon for McGerrigan,
Michael O’Neill for McSorley.