Despite taking an early lead through a goal from Richard Nesbitt, City slumped to a 4-1 defeat at home to an impressive Knockbreda side in the second league game of the season.
The City players continued to create chances and Stuart Bruce saw two headed efforts go close before a terrfic free kick by Jonny McSorley struck the post.
At that stage, Knockbreda came strongly back into the game and City started to surrender possession too easily. Knockbreda began creating chances and City ‘keeper Sean Morgan had to make two superb saves to keep the lead intact.
Unfortunately, the game swung decisively in Knockbreda’s favour on the half hour mark as Miguel Chimes took advantage of being left in space to get the equaliser and then just two minutes later James Wright put Knockbreda 2-1 up when he struck a low, curling free kick into the corner of the City goal.
Richard Nesbitt went close to equalising immediately after some swift passing allowed Dale Montgomery to put in a good cross, but the half ended with Knockbreda 2-1 ahead.
The second half was a very one-sided affair, with the Knockbreda team further improving and putting City under constant pressure. Miguel Chimes raced through the City defence to put Knockbreda 3-1 up only three minutes into the half.
Marty Rice then made some changes, with Nicky Finlay making his competitive debut for City, replacing Stuart Bruce. The situation got worse as the half went on however, with the chances piling up for Knockbreda and then Andy Moore received two yellow cards in short succession leaving City with ten men.
City battled hard in difficult circumstances, and began to exert some pressure in the last ten minutes with Jonny McSorley going close with a header just before the final whistle. Sadly, Miguel Chimes clinically completed his hat-trick in injury time to put Knockbreda 4-1 up and they even had a fifth goal ruled offside with the final kick of the match.
This was a disappointing final score after City started the game well, but Knockbreda were a particularly impressive, intense team who were hard to repel when they got going in the second half.
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Ryan Metcalfe, Gerard Kerr, Stuart Bruce, Ryan McGerrigan, Andy Moore, Gavin Cusack, Liam Cullen, Richard Nesbitt, Johnny McSorley, Dale Montgomery.
Subs: Nicky Finlay for Stuary Bruce (55 mins), Gareth Grimley for Richard Nesbitt (79 mins), Mickey O’Neill for Ryan McGerrigan (82 mins). Not used: Cillian Sheridan, Christopher Maxwell.
Booked: Ryan Metcalfe, Liam Cullen. Sent off: Andy Moore.
Knockbreda: Alan Huxley, Stephen Curley, Danial Hanna, John Burns, Jim McMenimen, Johnny Montgomery, Craig McCracken, James Wright, Miguel Chines, Johnny Roy, Stephen Garrett.
Subs: Johnny Foster for Craig McCracken (60 mins), Gavin Johnston for Daniel Hanna (65 mins), Jordan Clarke for Johnny Roy (75 mins). Not used: Craig Patterson, Mark Roy.