City lose out in drab encounter

Armagh City 0-1 Killymoon Rangers

A poor display by Armagh City saw them lose out narrowly to lowly Killymoon Rangers at Holm Park on Saturday. The County Tyrone side were chasing only their second Championship win of the season and, at the end, their players and officials were naturally elated.

City’s dismal performance was summed up on the hour when a ball flicked into the penalty area struck covering midfielder Gavin Cusack on the chest and deflected past ‘keeper Sean Morgan.
This turned out to be the only goal of the match and left the local players to reflect on several first-half missed scoring opportunities.

Armagh were sluggish out of the traps but could have taken a two-goal lead inside the opening 25 minutes. Richard Nesbitt and Cusack both shunned chances before a 25-yard effort from Johnny McSorley just shaved an upright with Killymoon ‘keeper Gareth McElhatton scrambling to get a touch. But the hard-working Rangers hit back on the half-hour when a well struck Daryl Shannon shot also flew narrowly wide.
Scoreless at the interval, the match never got above the mediocre after the break. Killymoon were the more industrous outfit and seemed content to defend their 60th minute score at all costs. And, while this did give City more opportunities to attack, they never really got to grips with the game and created little. Despite this, the home side should have levelled measures in the 85th minute.

Adam Nesbitt broke into the box and, with just the ‘keeper to beat, he inexplicably drove the ball just wide of an upright from 10 yards out. 

The match fizzled out with Killymoon content to blast the ball forward from the back at every opportunity in the hope of catching City on the break as they pressed forward in search of the equaliser. Overall, this is a match City will be hoping to get out of their system very quickly. Instead, they will have to concentrate on this Saturday’s Championship Two clash at Holm Park against the high-flying Queens, kick-off 3pm.

The Belfast-based side have been scoring goals for fun of late and they will provide a very tough challenge indeed. 

Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Neil Cochran, Shea McGerrigan, Nicky Finlay (y/c), Dara Noonan, John Whitten, Gavin Cusack (Andy Moore on 67), Liam Cullen, Richard Nesbitt (y/c), (Adam Nesbitt on 44), Johnny McSorley, Dale Montgomery (Matthew Hynes on 85).

Killymoon Rangers: Gareth McElhatton, John Scott, Steven Purvis, Steve McElhatton, David McMullan, Gary Crooks (y/c), Jason Ferry, Johnny Young, Cameron Stewart (Gareth McGaw on 77), Kevin Kelly (Andrew Chesney on 77), Dayrl Shannon (y/c), (Ryan Ferry on 87).

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