Armagh City 1 (Carvill)
Lurgan Celtic 3
Having dominated in the derby in recent years, Marty Rice’s side never got going and found themselves well beaten in a game against opposition similarly placed in the NIFL Championship table.
The early exchanges seemed promising for the home side with City winning a couple of corners. Celtic gradually got into the game, winning a series of free kicks just outside the penalty area without testing John Connolly.
Armagh had the ball in the net on 20 minutes when Shea Campbell curled the ball past Celtic keeper McCorry from just outside the box only to have it ruled out for offside.
On the half hour mark City were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out but McCorry managed to tip Campbell’s shot round his right hand post for a corner. Minutes later it was home keeper Connolly’s turn to rescue his side when he was forced into a point blank save.
The visitors took the lead nine minutes before the interval when Ciaran Ryan latched onto a ball before calmly rounding the keeper to slot home. Celtic controlled the remainder of the half and might well have added to score, however in the final seconds Philip Donnelly just failed to get on the end of an excellent Jordan Bell cross for City.
Marty Rice’s side had a great chance to equalise at the start of the second half when the ball broke to Shea McGerrigan but in a one-on-one situation it was keeper McCorry who came to Celtic’s rescue.
The Lurgan side extended their lead minutes later when Dale Malone cut in from the left to fire an unstoppable shot past Connolly. City did respond and had a couple of half chances but failed get their passing game going and cause any serious threat to the visitors’ defence.
Two minutes from time the Celtic added a third when Jordan Gibson scored from close range. The scoring didn’t end there though as City got on the score sheet in the 90th minute when Paul Carvill fired home a freekick from just outside the penalty area for a consolation effort.
City could have little complain with the score line as on the day Celtic were much the better side from beginning to end, and deservedly took home three valuable points.
Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Toal, Lennon, Carvill, Bell, Mallon, Donnelly, Hoey, Campbell, S McGerrigan Subs Not Used: Grimley, Rice, McGlone, Graham and Buchanan