Portstewart 0-2 Armagh City
A late goal from Gavin Cusack and an injury-time penalty from Adam Nesbitt helped City collect three points from their seaside trip.
Following the disappointing mid-week defeat in the Irn Bru League Cup, City struggled to get going in the early stages of the game, with Morgan pulling off a smart save from an Ian Todd free kick in the eighth minute.
City were limited to speculative efforts from Cusack and McSorley in the first half hour and were lucky not to go behind when Portstewart’s Ryan McAllister struck the crossbar in the 29th minute.
City then fought back well and had a penalty claim turned down when Cullen was taken down inside the box in the 33rd minute. In the closing minutes of the half they went close again when Nesbitts shot was parried for a corner and Gavin Cusack’s header from the resulting corner found the ‘keeper.
City took the initiative in the second half and were clearly the stronger team for long spells of play. Adam Nesbitt had a good effort saved early in the half and Gavin Cusack only just failed to convert after receiving a cross from the resulting corner.
Dale Montgomery went close in the 60th minute when his cross drifted narrowly over the crossbar, but as the half continued, it appeared that the game was heading for a goalless draw.
This changed completely in the final ten minutes of play, and young Ultan Lennon, who had come on as substitute in the 55th minute, played a pivotal role in both City goals. With six minutes left in normal time he delivered an excellent cross to Gavin Cusack who was left unmarked in the box and he finished clinically to put City in the lead.
Then in the third minute of added time, Lennon raced clear of the Portstewart defence only to be cut down and win a penalty. Adam Nesbitt stepped up and despatched the penalty to put the win beyond doubt.
City will be delighted to have collected all three points, thus securing consecutive away wins and leaving them with three wins from their first four league games, while Portstewart are now left as the only pointless team in the division.
Armagh City: Morgan, Metcalfe (Lennon 55), McGerrigan, Finlay, Cochrane, Moore, Cusack, Cullen, A Nesbitt, McSorley, Montgomery (Hynds 76).