Moyola and the Glens again for City slickers

Armagh City’s rampant young team are involved in two more crucial make-or-break cup ties over the weekend.
While all eyes will be on their replay tie with Glentoran in the sixth round of the Irish Cup this Monday night, they will also have another vital Coca-Cola Intermediate Cup fifth round game against  Moyola in Castledawson just two days earlier.
Two wins would take City through to the quarter-finals of each tournament and, in the case of the Irish Cup, another rewarding pay-day!

For, should the local side defy the odds and come out on top at The Oval, then they would be guaranteed another Holm Park draw against either Ballinamallard United or Glenavon on March 1.
But first things first.
This Saturday, February 15, Armagh travel to Mill Meadow where Moyola will be waiting to give them a warm welcome in the match which kicks-off at 3pm, and not the previously advertised 1.30pm.
The hosts have been in a rich vein of form themselves in recent weeks, recording back-to-back 1-0 wins over Limavady United in the last round of the Intermediate Cup and following-up with a Belfast Telegraph Championship Two victory over Newington last Saturday.
So, they will prove a hot handful for City and give their manager some serious selection headaches.
For Marty Rice will have to weigh up the problem of who to play in this game, knowing that just two days later he could make history for the local club by grabbing an Irish Cup quarter-final place!
Holders Glentoran are waiting in the wings for this vital sixth round Irish Cup replayed tie at The Oval, Monday, February 17, kick-off 7.45pm.
He could certainly play his bench against Moyola which could see starts for Shea McGerrigan – trying hard to get fully match fit after a hamstring injury – the experienced Kevin Keegan, Luke and Gareth Grimley, along with sub goalkeeper John Daly. Others who may come into the reckoning are Sean Mallon and Micky Toland.
Alternatively, he may want to give his starting side a good run-out on Saturday in preparation for the Glens clash, hoping against hope that his players will come through the encounter unscathed.
Marty will also have an eye on City’s Championship Two campaign.
Currently lying in second place, and with matches in hand, the untimate aim is for Armagh to get promotion this season! 
Therefore, Marty and his management team will have to try and strike the best balance to continue their present winning run.
Hopefully, they will get things right and City can keep their fairytale season going for as long as possible!

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