City happy with Breda point

Knockbreda 1
Armagh City 1 (Campbell)

Shea Campbell's seventh goal of the season was enough to earn City a point at Breda Park on Saturday.

Shea Campbell’s seventh goal of the season was enough to earn City a point at Breda Park on Saturday.

City travelled to Breda Park on Saturday, hoping to build on a three-game unbeaten run against a Knockbreda side enjoying a similar revival. Despite taking the lead, Marty Rice’s side were pegged back before the break and had to be content with a point after a tough encounter in difficult conditions.

Both sides found the slippery top surface difficult to come to terms with in the opening period. City had the first real opportunity to test the home keeper when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box.  Paul Carvill’s effort was however blocked by the Knockbreda wall for a corner. Minutes later following some fine work by Philip Donnelly the ball found its way to Andrew Hoey who’s shot went just over.

The visitors continued to have the better of the exchanges and keeper McBride had to come to the rescue of the home side when he saved a Shea Campbell effort from an acute angle with his feet after he had been put through by Sean Mallon.

Midway through the half the visitors took a deserved lead when Shea Campbell got on the end of an Andrew Hoey cross to stab the ball home from inside the six yard box after his initial efforts had been saved not once but twice by home keeper Ryan McBride.

John Connolly was forced to make a smart save with his feet minutes later to keep the lead intact. On the half hour mark following some fine combination play involving Hoey, Donnelly, McGerrigan and Carvill the ball found its way to Shea Campbell in front of goal but he failed to make proper contact.

As the half came to an end Knockbreda began to exert much more pressure on the visitors defence and just on the stroke of half time they were back on level terms when Dylan Wilson’s cross from the bye line found Dee McMaster who finishing with a first time shot.

The first opportunity of the second half fell to the home side when Wilson fired a shot wide. The visitors then had a chance of their own when Shea MeGerrigan had a shot blocked after getting onto the end of a Campbell cross from the left. Breda’s McMaster then had a rasping drive from outside the box go just over Connolly’s crossbar.

The half was evenly contested with neither side dominating for any period of time.

The better chances however fell to City with firstly Jordan Bell doing well to get a shot in on goal after getting on the end of a Sean Mallon cross and following a good run by Shea McGerrigan his pass found Andrew Hoey in the clear but he was stopped from getting his shot away by a last ditch Thomas Wray tackle.

In the end both sides were happy to settle for a share of the points which kept both sides continuing with their recent unbeaten runs.

Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Toal, Lennon, Carvill, Bell, Mallon, Donnelly (Grimley), Hoey Campbell (Rice), S McGerrigan

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