PSNI come back to haunt City again

Armagh City 1 – 2 PSNI

City lost out to PSNI at Holm Park with the same scoreline as their previous encounter just over a week ago, and once again, despite taking the early lead. Earlier the visitors had recorded the same scoreline when dumping the Eagles out of the League Cup at Newforge. The police side also inflicted City’s first home reverse for 23 games as the teams swapped positions at the bottom of the league.

Ultan Lennon put City in the lead when he rose high in the box to head home an inch perfect corner after only 5 minutes. In an opening spell where City were well on top, Lennon almost scored a carbon copy goal a few minutes later, but the ball flashed narrowly wide. 

The momentum swung dramatically after City’s initial burst and it was no surprise PSNI levelled in the 27th minute. McWilliams scored a simple tap in after City’s defence botched an attempted clearance from a corner. Moments later Armagh ‘keeper Sean Morgan was at full-stretch to smother a stinging shot after yet another lightening raid from the visitors.

On the half hour mark the PSNI took a deserved lead when Ashton McDermott rose unopposed in the box to head home a corner from the right. At this stage the police outfit were well in control and thoroughly deserved their half-time lead.

The second half brought a marked improvement from City, with a number of good spells and quite a few good attacks down the left flank. Shea McGerrigan came closest to getting City back on level terms when he hit the post with a great strike from the edge of the box. He also sent in a series of dangerous crosses into the box during the half but Scott McCrory and Barry Moore were excellent at the heart of the PSNI defence and dealt very capably with everything which came their way. 

As City pressed for the equaliser they left themselves exposed at the back and John Dobbin, McDermott and McWilliams all had chances to make the home side pay even further. Despite this, Armagh continued to press and they were unlucky not to level on 90 minutes when sub Conor McNamee headed over from just two yards out.

Match Sponsors: MG Leisure Developments

 

Video highlights courtesy of PSNI Football website:

City team: Morgan, Montgomery, McGerrigan, Lennon, Noonan, Kelly, McAnallen, O’Hara, Donnelly, Murray, McGerrigan.

Subs: Cullen, Grimley, McQuaid, McNamee, Moore.

PSNI FC: Harrison, Gray, Robb, McCrory, Moore, Berry, Anderson, Dobbin, Adamczyk, McDermott, McWilliams.
Subs: McLaughlin, Holden, Kirk, Moody,Brehm

 

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