Armagh City finished their first season back in the Belfast Telegraph Championship One in a creditable seventh position.
Their 2-0 victory over Knockbreda at Holm Park on Saturday moved them into the top-half of the table after a hard fought encounter.
The sides were deadlocked at the interval, mainly due to an outstaning performance from the Belfast side’s teenage goalkeeper Oliver Fletham who saved well to deny City’s Stephen Murray, Andrew Hoey and Andy Moore in quick succession.
But Knockbreda were always dangerous on the break and Jordan Hughes and Matt Johnston both went close in the opening half.
After the break, however, City took control and they deservedly took the lead through Andrew Hoey who looped the ball over Fletham after an incisive run down the right by Dale Montgomery.
And, just four minutes later, Armagh doubled their lead when Philip Donnelly fired the ball into the roof of the Knockbreada net after another superb break from the rampant home side.
Late on the Belfast visitors had a penalty shout turned down but, overall, they were well beaten by a strong and youthful City outfit who had the luxury of bringing on their 16-year-old youth international ‘keeper Conor Larkin on the hour.