Glebe Rangers 4 Armagh City 1
This game was virtually beyond the league leaders in the opening quarter. City with three enforced changes from last week started the game very sluggishly and found themselves behind after less three minutes when James McLaughlin was given too much space by the City defense to fire the ball past Sean Morgan. Within a minute the visitors could have been on level terms when a Gavin Cusack shot flashed past keeper Kane’s right hand upright.
In the tenth minute a superb Paul Carville cross from the left was header down by Gareth Grimley at the far post for Gavin Cusack to score on the half volley. The visitors were back on terms for only three minutes as Glebe took the lead for a second time when from a Thomas Elder free kick near the half way line Peter Kennoway rose to beat the advancing keeper Morgan to the ball to head the ball into an empty net.
City struggled to get their passing game going but continued to probe the well organised home defense. The home side went further ahead when Sean Morgan did well to even get a hand to an unbelievable Elder volley but could don nothing to stop it finding the corner of the net. Minutes later Gareth Grimley just failed to get on the end of a Carville cross. Ten minute from the interval the home side made it four when Peter Kennoway rose unchallenged to score his second of the game from an Elder cross.
Just before the break Ryan McShane shot past the keepers left hand post.
The second half saw City dominate possession from beginning to end. The home side defended in numbers and broke up the play at every opportunity. The visitors probably realised it was not going to be their day when a Gavin Cusack headed a Carville cross into the ground only to see it crash off the underside of the crossbar before being cleared.
Despite City’s dominance and possession they had to work very hard to make good goal scoring chances as Glebe got numbers behind the ball. The Glebe players made numerous last ditch challenges to keep their lead intact. Gareth Grimley made a great run on the right and substitute Michael O’Hehir just failed to get on the end of his cross. A series of corners failed to produce a second goal for the visitors.
City to their credit never stopped trying to get back into the game as Stephen Murray shot narrowly wide and a superb Christopher Maxwell cross narrowly failed to fine an in rushing forward.
TEAM: Morgan, McShane, R McGerrigan (Sub. Maxwell 80 mins), Lennon, Walker (Sub. Davidson 80 mins), Hynds (Sub. O’Hehir 68 mins), Grimley, Cullen, Murray, Cusack, Carville.