Armagh City 1 – 1 Dollingstown (City won 5-4 on penalties)
After falling behind to an early goal, City had it all to do in yesterday’s Bob Radcliffe Cup final. Played in difficult conditions on a bitterly cold morning, Marty Rice’s side made most of the running throughout the game, but struggled to make a breakthrough.
In a tight and combative first half, City’s best chances game from the left boot of Stephen Murray who flashed a shot just over from 20 yards, while headers from Ultan Lennon and Dara Noonan narrowly missed the target from set pieces.
The second half was one-way traffic as the Eagles laid siege to the Dollingstown goal from kick-off. Good work on the right from Gareth Grimley helped set up captain Liam Cullen, but his shot smashed off the bar to safety. Soon after it seemed that City had found an equaliser, as Grimley turned up on the left to strike a dipping right-footed shot that hit the underside of the bar. Murray was on hand to head over the flailing Wilton in the Dollingstown goal, but Moffett incredibly cleared off the line and it looked like it wouldn’t be City’s day.
The young side never gave up, however, forcing several set pieces in the remaining minutes and the pressure eventually told as Dara Noonan thumped a header into the net with minutes remaining to the delight of the Armagh fans.
The goal forced extra-time, and although City continued to press through Murray and Grimley they couldn’t find a winning goal and penalties ensued.
Sean Morgan gave City the dream start by saving Dollingstown’s first effort, while Murray, Donnelly, Kelly and Montgomery all scored from the spot allowing Lennon to coolly slot home the winner.
Captain Liam Cullen received the trophy from MUFA Chairman Nigel Cooke, as the Bob Radcliffe Cup returned to the Holm Park clubrooms for the first time in 9 years – a fitting reward for the players, management and entire club after great progress in recent years!
City team: Morgan, Montgomery, R McGerrigan, Lennon, Noonan, Kelly, G Grimley, Cullen, Murray, Keegan (L Grimley), Hynds (Donnelly). Unused subs: Daly (gk), Toland, McBirney.