City bid to bounce back after first league defeat

Armagh City will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways this weekend after a sickening 4-1 away defeat to Portstewart last Saturday.

Unbeaten after their opening eight games in the Belfast Telegraph Championship Two, the Holm Park outfit came crashing back down to earth with this reverse on the north-west coast.

But City still remain table-toppers – three points ahead of their nearest challengers!

And Marty Rice’s men will have little time to reflect on the disappointment as his squad play three important games in seven days.

Their Mid-Ulster Cup campaign kicks-off tonight (Tuesday, October 29 at 7.45pm) when City host Seagoe United.

Armagh will be strong favourites to get through the tie but will not take the opposition lightly.

Certainly, before the away defeat at Portstewart, it was thought that a fringe City outfit would turn out. But manager Rice may well give many of his senior players a chance to make amends against the Portadown-based junior outfit.

This Saturday, (November 2 at 3pm), City will be back in the thick of league action when they welcome Ballymoney United to Holm Park.

The County Antrim side were surprisingly beaten comfortably 3-0 last weekend at Banbridge Town, ending a decent run of form.

However, they still sit in seventh place in the league and know a win against Armagh could bring them to within three points of the table-toppers.

City won their last home Championship Two game against Glebe Rangers by the narrow margin of 2-1 and, on that occasion, were far from convincing.
They will certainly have to lift their form against a Ballymoney outfit who can beat anyone on their day!
STARS
Armagh’s footballing week finishes on Tuesday evening, November 5, (kick-off 7.30pm), with their third successive Holm Park match against the stars of Premier League outfit Portadown.
The invitational match will mark the official opening of City’s new £425,000 synthetic 3G development.
Ronnie McFall’s team are sitting in a top-four spot in the Premiership and showed they are in tremendous form after a glittering 5-0 win at Dungannon Swifts last Saturday.
The match will follow a special reception in the clubrooms for all those involved with the development of the new-look Holm Park – with representatives of Sport NI and Armagh City and District Council taking pride of place. Their financial support to the scheme proved invaluable!
All the City players are looking forward to pitting their wits against their illustrous senior opponents in the match and, hopefully, an entertaining game is on the cards.
The local sporting fraternity is cordially invited to attend all three matches.

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