Murray double sinks
brave Rangers outfit
Armagh City 3 Glebe Rgns 0
A SECOND-HALF double from Armagh City striker Stephen Murray paved the way for another convincing Belfast Telegraph Championship Two victory on Tuesday night last.
The excellent Ultan Lennon also scored as the Holm Park outfit continued their push for promotion this season.
This match was billed as a close encounter and, for an hour, this proved to be the case.
Armagh started positively and, despite making early inroads, it was visitors Glebe who had the best chance after 10 minutes. Winger Chris Mawhinney unleashed a vicious 25-yard shot but City ‘keeper Sean Morgan dived full-length to his left to divert the fine effort to safety.
This early scare, however, only served to waken Armagh from their slumbers and suddenly they put several superb attacking moves together.
The lively Philip Donnelly just failed to get on the end of a curling Paul Carville cross and then Murray raced into the clear only to hit a tame shot into the arms of Ranger’s ‘keeper Luke Foregrave.
City should have taken the lead on 30 minutes when a powerful goalbound header from Liam Cullen seemed destined to find the net but Foregrave somehow got his left hand to the ball and tip it to safety.
Then a sizzling 30-yard effort from Matthew Hynds just skimmed the Glebe crossbar as Armagh continued to press for the opener.
On 40 minutes the local side had another good chance but Foregrave again came to his side’s aid when he dived low to his right to smother another goalbound shot from Donnelly.
A further shot from Gavin Cusack ended the half with City on top but, once again, the young Glebe stopper pulled off a tremendous save.
Half-time: Armagh City 0 Glebe Rgns 0.
Immediately after the break Armagh had another superb opportunity to open the scoring. On this occasion a corner from Carville was whizzed into the box and Murray’s headed flick just flashed wide of an upright.
A moment later the City striker blasted another chance over the crossbar after he was set-up eight yards out by Cusack.
However, all Armagh’s attacking efforts finally brought reward on 55 minutes. Another promising move was brought to an end when a local player was upended in the box by an over zealous defender and the ref immediately pointed to the penalty spot.
Murray stepped up and blasted the ball into the net despite the best efforts of Foregrave who managed to get his hands to the ball.
In a follow-up attack a few minutes later City doubled their lead when, after a cross from the left by Carville, the ball broke to the excellent Ultan Lennon in the box and he blasted into the corner of the net with a low 10-yard drive.
Despite the setbacks Glebe rallied and tried to put pressure on Armagh but the local defence was excellent and thwarted all the opposition’s efforts.
With 15 minutes left City put the match result beyond all doubt when Lennon and fellow defender Dara Noonan made their presence felt in the Ranger’s penalty area. They won two headers and, when the ball eventually fell to Murray, he touched the ball home from close range to make it 3-0.
From then on Armagh controlled the match and, in the end, ran out comfortable winners despite the best efforts of a brave Glebe outfit.
Once again this was a superb all-round team display by City, with several players vying for man-of-the-match honours. Ryan McGerrigan, Lennon, Noonan, Cullen and Donnelly were all in the frame but it was the vital two goals from Murray which won the day.
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Dale Montgomery, Ryan McGerrigan, Ultan Lennon, Dara Noonan, Matthew Hynds (Gareth Grimley on 75), Gavin Cusack, Liam Cullen (Marc Davidson on 80), Stephen Murray, Philip Donnelly, Paul Carville (Johnny Walker on 80).
Murray Double Sinks Brave Rangers Outfit
Murray double sinks