Armagh City’s two New Year signings made their mark as the Holm Park side progressed to the last 16 of the Irish Cup on Saturday.
For former Glenavon midfielder Andrew Hoey and ex-Warrenpoint striker Marty Havern both scored as the Eagles swooped to victory over plucky junior outfit Newtowne.
City now meet Glentoran at The Oval in the sixth round of the tournament on February 7 and the trip to Belfast will hold no fears for Marty Rice’s outfit.
For 12 months ago Armagh pushed the east Belfast giants all the way when they were narrowly beaten after a replay.
Armagh’s passage to the next stage was never in doubt against Newtowne and, with more clinical finishing, they could have won by a much biggger margin.
The home side produced a gilt-edged opening on 12 minutes when a cross from Ryan McGerrigan was met perfectly by Havern but opposition ‘keeper Dean McInnes pulled of a magnificent save to deny him.
The ‘keeper was at full stretch moments later when he parried a powerful Gary Boyle shot around an upright as City continued to press for the opener.
And, on 26 minutes, the deserved breakthrough came when Hoey headed home from close range after a pin-point cross from the right.
But Newtowne fought back immediately and Declan Logue was unlucky to see his powerful shot fly wide while Paul McIvor just headed past an upright from the next attack.
These scares, however, only served to focus Armagh who then took a real grip on the game.
On 40 minutes they made it 2-0 with a brilliant 20-yard free-kick from Boyle which curled over the Newtown defensive wall past the outstretched McInness.
In a one-sided second-half Havern went close for City on several occasions while Boyle, Philip Donnelly and Andy Moore all had opportunities to add to their tally.
City rounded off the scoring, however, on 82 minutes when Havern blasted a powerful 15-yard shot over the unlucky visiting ‘keeper after being sent clear by the classy Philip Donnelly who dictated play throughout.
Two other late chances fell Havern’s way but he just failed to convert on these occasions.
Armagh City: Sean Morgan, Dean Montgomery, Ryan McGerrigan (Cathal Judge on 85), Luke Grimley, Dara Noonan, Andy Moore, Marty Havern, Liam Culen, Gary Boyle (Conor McNamee on 83), Philip Donnelly, Andy Hoey (Robbie McQuade on 77). Subs DNP: Barry Quinn, Conor Larkin.
Newtowne: Dean McIness, Rory O’Reilly, Ryan Twist, Aaron McGregor (Gary Moore on 45), Evan Donnell, Conor McCloskey, Richard King, Declan Logue (Danny Gilfillan on 77), Johnny Duddy (Billy Doran on 57), Paul McIvor, Ryan McIlmoyle. Sub DNP: Steven Duffy.