Armagh City 1 (Quigley)
City went into this game missing a number of key players, as Shea McGerrigan, Philip Donnelly, Shea Campbell were all injured while Ciaran Murray was completing the last match of a suspension. Their task was made even more difficult by losing experienced defender Ultan Lennon and influential midfielder Eamon Kelly before the interval and central defender Dara Noonan in the second half.
The visitors took the lead on five minutes as Gareth Brown did well down the left before cutting the ball back to Stephen Curry and he fired home from close range. John Connolly had to make a great save on 17 minutes as another flowing move by the visitors ended with Curry’s centre finding Michael McCrudden on the six yard box, but his effort was kept out by the Armagh keeper. Minutes later Johnny McSorley spotted the visiting keeper off his line and his lob from 40 yards went narrowly wide with the visiting keeper well beaten.
City, who where causing Stute problems, suffered two injury set-backs in the opening 45 minutes with Lennon and Kelly having to be replaced by youngsters Jamie Quigley and Conor Murtagh respectively. Just after the half-hour a misplaced clearance by the out-rushing Connolly fell to Curry, but his shot towards the unguarded net flew just past the keeper’s left hand post.
The home side went close to equalising on 50 minutes but Andrew Hoey headed over from close range, after McSorley had fired the ball across goal. City did level things six minutes later as Quigley made no mistake from 12 yards, having been found by Sean Mallon’s through ball for his first ever senior goal for the club.
On the hour mark, Connolly made an excellent save when he kept out Alex Pomeroy’s close range strike. Five minutes later however the visitors regained the lead when defender Ryan Morrow skipped through a few challenges before drilling the ball low into Connolly’s net. Soon after Mark Gallagher, in the visitors goal, had to make an outstanding save when at full stretch he managed to tip over McSorley’s curling 20 yard effort.
Institute wrapped the points up in the closing stages as Curry netted his second of the day on 84 minutes, cutting inside from the right before blasting home from close range, after his initial drive was blocked and he completed his hat-trick two minutes later as a quick counter attack ended with Ryan Doherty’s through ball releasing the winger and he made no mistake tucking the ball past Connolly.
Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Lennon (Quigley), Noonan (Rice), Toal, Bell, Mallon, Kelly (Murtagh), Hoey, McSorley, Carvill. Subs not used: Graham and McCarten
Depleted City lose to ‘Stute
Armagh City 1 (Quigley)