H&W Welders 3
Armagh City 0
City welcomed back Shea McGerrigan after several weeks out injured and also Shea Campbell who had missed the last couple of matches but were without Ultan Lennon and Paul Carvill for Saturday’s trip to Tillysburn.
The first half chance of the match fell to the visitors when a Shea McGerrigan free kick just failed to find Dara Noonan at the back post. With McGerrigan and Andrew Hoey combining well City looked the most threatening in the opening minutes.
The Welders took the lead in the twentieth minute when from a swift counter attack the ball broke to Michael McLellan who rounded keeper Connolly to slot the ball home despite the best efforts of Noonan on the line. Indeed in his attempt to stop the ball from crossing the line the young defender collided with the post and had to leave the field on a stretcher.
The home side dominated the match after the goal and had the reorganised visitors defence under pressure for the next few minutes. The nearest they came to increasing their lead was when an effort hit the crossbar.
Before the interval City came back strongly with McGerrigan just failing to get on the end of a fine Johnny McSorley through ball and minutes later McGerrigan should have hit the target from just inside the box following good work down the right by Jamie Quigley. The final action of the half saw a superb Campbell effort from distance hit the base of keeper Johnston’s right hand post before bouncing to safety.
The game was put beyond City minutes into the second half when Danny McKee added a second for the home side. Despite this set-back the visitors continued to try to get back into the game, forcing home keeper Johnston into a number of important saves.
The efforts of City’s youngest players, particularly Jamie Quigley, Josh McCarten, Ben Rice must be commended over recent weeks, as must the displays of seventeen year old Eoin Toal who has been an important part of the defence all season.
The home side however added a third fifteen minutes from time when striker McLellan got his second of the game to wrap up the points for the Welders.
Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Toal, Noonan (Rice), Campbell, Bell, Mallon, Hoey, McSorley, S McGerrigan (McCarten), Quigley. Sub not used: Ferreita and D Murphy.