Armagh City 0 Wakehurst FC 1
A lacklustre Armagh City lost out narrowly 1-0 to visitors Wakehurst In Championship Two at Holm Park on Saturday. In a forgettable match, City never got out of third gear against an eager County Antrim side.
A nervy opening saw City give the ball away in dangerous positions on three occasions and, in the end, a further mistake was to prove crucial.Armagh received an early warning when Wakehurst’s Jason Paul had a fierce shot spilled by City ‘keeper Sean Morgan but defender Neil Cochrane came to his rescue.
The visitors should have opened their account on 40 minutes when Conor Gregg got on the end of an inch-perfect cross from Andrew Erwin but the striker somehow managed to scoop the ball over the City crossbar from just three yards out.
However, in the second minute of first-half extra-time Wakehurst secured the goal which was to prove the winner. After City lost the ball in midfield, Jason Paul managed to outpace the Armagh back-line and curl a superb left-footed shot around the advancing Morgan.
Half-time: Armagh City 0 Wakehurst FC 1.
After the break City began with more urgency and showed their attacking intentions when a fierce 30-yard effort from Ultan Lennon was well saved by visiting ‘keeper Marc Maybin. City were unlucky not to draw level on 66 minutes when a goal-bound drive from Michael McKenna struck defender Douglas Stevenson and was diverted for a corner-kick.
For a 20-minute period City dominated but were unable to create many clear-cut openings.As the match progressed, Wakehurst could have added to their lead as another defensive howler between the back-four and Morgan almost allowed Ryan Gregg to nip in and score.
In the end the visitors were worthy winners as City struggled to find any sort of real form. After two defeats in a row Armagh will now have time to reflect as they have no game scheduled for this weekend. While the local team has had a reasonable start to their Championship Two campaign, their home form of late has been patchy to say the least, and certainly, Armagh will have to “up their game” in the near future.
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Ultan Lennon, Michael McKenna (y/c), Neil Cochrane, Nicky Finlay (y/c), John Whitten, Dale Montgomery, Liam Cullen, Richard Nesbitt, (Adam Nesbitt on 67 (y/c), Johnny McSorley (Andy Moore on 77), Gavin Cusack. Subs not used: Gerard Kerr, Ryan McGerrigan.
Wakehurst FC: Marc Maybin, Robert Culville, Douglas Stevenson, Stephen Gage, Steven Mellon (Conor Lemon on 85), Andrew Erwin, Jordan Penny, Ryan Gregg, Jason Paul, Conor Gregg. Subs not used: Gavin Mark, Connor Warren, John Alexander, Damien Parker.