Armagh City 4 Moyola 2
Another power-packed performance by Armagh City overwhelmed visitors Moyola at Holm Park on Tuesday night last.
The local side ran out 4-2 winners but could easily have doubled their tally had they taken all their scoring chances.
City began with all cylinders firing and three great runs down the left by the flying Sean McGerrigan in the opening five minutes set the pattern for the game.
Moyola had packed their defence and were determined not to let the Armagh raiders pass but this plan was blown out of the water after 16 minutes.
From a set-piece the ball once again went out to the left where McGerrigan collected and fired in a low cross which was met by the inrushing Ultan Lennon who smashed a tremendous shot into the roof of the opposition net from 15-yards out.
Armagh continued on the offensive and midfielder Andy Moore was unlucky to see two good efforts well saved by agile Moyola ‘keeper Marin Farniok.
The visiting stopper was in action moments later when he rushed out of goal to make a powerful point-blank save from the rampant Stephen Murray who had left the Moyola back-four struggling in his wake.
City’s Gareth Grimley almost immediatley had another terrific chance but, on this occasion, his stunning 20-yard effort just flew over the crossbar.
Moyola fail to heed the earlier warning when Murray broke through the centre and, on 32 minutes, he repeated the act and this time slotted a low shot under Farniok to make it 2-0 to the Holm Park side.
Just before the break midfielder Eamon Kelly had anothr glorious chance for Armagh but his powerful header at the back-post flew narrowly over after Dale Montgomery and Grimley had combined brilliantly on the right.
Half-time: Armagh City 2 Moyola 0.
On resumption City again took the game by the scruff of the neck and, on 48 minutes, made it 3-0.
Murray picked up the ball and played a great pass into the path of Shea McGerrigan who again outpaced the Moyola back-four before placing the ball under the diving Farniok.
But Moyola refused to buckle and, on 54 minutes, they got themselves back into the match when a well struck 20-yard free-kick from Sean McConnell flew into the net via a deflection from Armagh captain Liam Cullen.
And, almost immediately, a goal-line clearance from the alert Ryan McGerrigan stopped the visitors from adding a second.
Moyola were going through a purple patch at this stage and City ‘keeper Sean Morgan pulled off a great near-post save to keep them at bay.
But Armagh re-asserted themselves on 66 minutes when Murray tucked the ball home from close range after an excellent run and cross from the left by man-of-the-match Shea McGerrigan.
The same two players were then unlucky not to tuck home near-post chances as City again ran rampant in the closing stages.
However, it was Moyola who had the last laugh against the run of play when Mark Waddell fired home a late 20-yard left-footed shot to make the final score 4-2.
The final scoreline flattered the visitors somewhat because, if Armagh had been more clinical with their finishing, then they could have finished on a cricket score!
Another very strong all-round team performance by City whose goal now is to chase down the Belfast Telegraph Championship Two title!
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Dale Montgomery, Ryan McGerrigan (y/c, Kevin Keegan on 75), Ultan Lennon, Dara Noonan, Eamon Kelly, Gareth Grimley (Gavin McParland on 62), Liam Cullen (Matthew Hynds on 70), Stephen Murray, Andy Moore, Shea McGerrigan. Subs DNP: Luke Grimley, Micky Toland.
Moyola: Marin Farniok, Craig McAlinden (Maurice Curtis on 64), Gary Stewart, Steven McQuillian, Steven Kelly (Jason Scott on 75), Sean McCabe, Sean McConnell, Eugene Gallagher, Chris Dowie, David Paul (Darren Walls on 72), Mark Waddell. Subs DNP: Mervyn Pattison.
Ref: Ken Gibbens (Carrickfergus).