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Armagh City 1 (Murray pen)
City looked to be heading to all three points on Saturday after a strong performance at Newforge but had to be satisfied with a point at the final whistle after Darius Roohl grabbed a late equaliser for the hosts.
The PSNI started strongly and had an early appeal for a penalty waved away when Lukasz Adamcyzk went down under a challenge from City keeper John Connolly. The Eagles responded with some neat interplay on the left giving Ciaran Murray the opportunity to cut inside and fire a 20-yard shot that clipped the post.
City kept up the pressure and had soon hit the woodwork again when Sean Mallon rose highest at a corner but saw his header hit the other post, while Ultan Lennon couldn’t get his follow-up effort on target as the PSNI survived.
The breakthrough finally arrived just 3 minutes before half-time as Murray conjured some space for himself after scooping the ball between two defenders before being fouled in the box by Andrew Blackledge. Murray dusted himself off to dispatch the penalty himself to give City a deserved lead with his second goal of the season.
City started the second half brightly, but half-chances for Philip Donnelly, Eamon Kelly and Andrew Hoey all went astray
The home side then started to come into the game as Stuart Hutchinson pulled his shot wide of the target when well placed. Chances were then few and far between until substitute Roohl popped up with just 5 minutes remaining to grab an equaliser with a well-place header.
Sub James Wright had a great opportunity to win the game for PSNI, but blazed over from 20 yards in the dying minutes.
Armagh City: Connolly, Montgomery, Noonan, Toal, Lennon, Kelly, Mallon, Bell, Hoey, Donnelly, Murray subs Graham (not used), Rice (replaced Hoey 88), S. Campbell (replaced Donnelly 83), L. Campbell (not used), McCarten (not used)