H&W Welders 1-0 Armagh City
City made an early exit from the League Cup in midweek at the hands of Championship One side H&W Welders. City had no less than seven changes in their squad from the side that started the league campaign with a win at Queen’s on the opening day.
The home side started well and put the City defence under pressure in the early stages. The visitors soon settled and started to pass the ball well. The best chance of the opening period fell to Gareth Grimley who was unfortunate not to put the visitors ahead. City were forced to make an early change when Gareth Grimley sustained a cut over the eye. It was substitute Barry Quinn who had the next opportunity when his goal bound shot on the turn was blocked.
The game ebbed and flowed and just before the interval the home side took the lead when following a fast counter attach on the left the ball was squared for Paul Dickson to score.
The second half again saw both sides playing some attractive football but goal scoring chances were limited. The best chance to bring the game to extra time fell to Philip Donelly minutes from the end when he broke though the heart of the Welders defence but just failed to push the ball home.
City team: Morgan, McBirney, Montgomery, L Grimley (Mallon), Noonan, Kelly, Sheridan, Cullen (Hynds), G Grimley (Quinn), Donnelly, S McGerrigan. Sub not used: Toland.