Late Fightback Gives City Maximum Points

Armagh City 2 Queens 1
ARMAGH City had to dig deep to collect their fourth Belfast Telegraph Chamionship Two victory on the trot.
But a brave second-half fightback at Holm Park on Saturday eventually gave them maximum points.
Never at their best throughout, City were trailing with just over 10 minutes remaining but two quick scores brought them a precious win and keeps Armagh at the top-of-the-table on goal difference.

City found it difficult to settle early on as they contended with an eager Queen’s outfit and a strong wind in their faces.
The visitors used the elements in their favour and almost took the lead on 19 minutes when a shot across goal from James Laverty flashed narrowly wide.
But a minute later Armagh hit back and, in a rare first-half raid, Stephen Murray raced onto a superb through ball and rounded ‘keeper Gerard Duff. The striker shot towards the empty net but his left-footed effort lacked power and a Queen’s defender cleared off the goal-line.
On 21 minutes, following a corner, the ball fell to Johnny Walker on the edge of the box and he drilled a powerful volley towards the right-hand corner of the net. But a brilliant one-handed save from Duff diverted the ball to safety once again.
Queen’s, however, continued to put pressure on City’s back-four with long balls over the top from Peter Thompson creating half-chances for the impressive Laverty, Mark Prenter and Johnny Maybin.
But, towards the end of the half, Armagh had two further chances when Ryan McGerrigan just failed to get his shot on target after a mazy run and then Liam Cullen shot straight into the arms of Duff from the edge of the box.
Half-time:Armagh City 0 Queens 0.
Play was again very even after the restart as both sides found it difficult to break down keen defences.
On 63 minutes, however, the deadlock was finally broken in favour of the visitors.
An inch-perfect cross from the left by Maybin was met perfectly by Prenter who headed powerfully into the top right-hand corner of the net to give City ‘keeper Sean Morgan no chance.
Five minutes later Queens almost added to their tally when a close-range snap-shot from Laverty was brilliantly saved by Morgan and cleared hastily at their third attempt by the Armagh defence.
Just when it looked as if City were destined to suffer their first championship defeat of the season, they suddenly hit a purple patch.
On 82 minutes, after a strong run by Cullen, the ball was placed into the path on the onrushing Dale Montgomery. He cleverly cut inside the Queen’s left-back and curled home a left-footed shot from 15-yards which gave Duff no chance.
And, just three minutes later, Armagh had rescued maximum points when Murray latched onto another inch-perfect through pass and chipped the ball over the advancing Duff. This give him time and space to drill home a low left-footed shot for the winner.
There was late pressure on City as Queens pressed for an equaliser but, in the end, they held out for a hard-fought win.
Armagh;s senior side have no match scheduled for this Saturday but the Reserves will take centre-stage when they host near-neighbours Annagh United Reserves. The match kicks-off in Holm Park, Armagh, at 2.30pm, on September 8.
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Dale Montgomery, Paul Carville, Ultan Lennon, Johnny Walker, Miceal McKenna (Matthew Hynds on 65), Barry Quinn (Dara Noonan on 87), Liam Cullen (y/c), Stephen Murray, Gavin Cusack, Shea McGerrigan (y/c), (Luke Grimely on 87). Subs DNP: Gareth Grimley, Colin Gibney.
Queens: Gerard Duff, Paul Prenter, Damien Culbert, Stuart Harper, Matt McManus, Robbie Budden, Peter Thompson, Paul Donald, James Laverty, Mark Prenter, Johnny Maybin. Subs: Paul McGuickin, David Tumilty, Chris Hayes, James McConville

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