City at the double in championship

Armagh City play two crunch Belfast Telegraph Championship Two matches at Holm Park this week.

And a duo of victories should ensure promotion for the locals to a higher grade of football next season!

Tonight, (Tuesday, April 22), City welcome Castledawson-based Moyola for an encounter which kicks-off at 7.45pm.

The mid-table visitors should provide stern opposition and will arrive on a high after beating third-placed Queen’s by 1-0 on Saturday.

Moyola have shown improved form of late, have a mean defence, and will be hard to break down.

City, however, have been scoring goals for fun lately and hit six at the weekend against strugglers Wakehurst – with prolific hitman Stephen Murray weighing-in with a hat-trick. Midfielders Gareth Grimley, Shea McGerrigan and Kevin Keegan also produced superb scores.

While Moyola will be a tough hurdle to overcome, Armagh will have an even more difficult task this Saturday, (April 26), when fourth-placed Newington YC are the visitors. Kick-off 3pm.

The Belfast side inflicted a 1-0 defeat at Seaview Park earlier in the season on City and the locals will be out for revenge in the return fixture.

The Championship Two newboys, however, will be mindful that Armagh hold a long unbeaten league run at Holm Park and know they will want to continue this trend on Saturday.

Despite a long and hard season, the City first team squad remains intact and injury-free, with fitness a key factor in their success.

Utility player Paul Carvill was unavailable at the weekend but should return to the squad and vie for a start at some stage.

But everyone is keen to grab a place as City hope to end their season on a high – with promotion!

Their likely squad line-up for both games should be Sean Morgan, Dale Montgomery, Ryan McGerrigan, Ultan Lennon, Dara Noonan, Eamon Kelly, Gareth Grimley, Paul Carvill, Liam Cullen, Stephen Murray, Matthew Hynds, Shea McGerrigan, Gavin McParland, Kevin Keegan, Luke Grimley, Andy Moore, Micky Toland, Philip Donnelly and back-up ‘keeper John Daly. However, there may be one or two inclusions as the season nears an end.

Another vital week in Armagh’s success story this season but the locals are more than capable of winning both matches.

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