City sunk by McDowell strike

Armagh City 0
PSNI 1

City’s disappointing run of results and indeed luck continued in their final match of 2016. Despite having more than their fair share of possession it was the visitors who took home all three points.

The first half saw little in the way of control from either side with the only real chances coming in the opening quarter when Lukasz Adamczyk latched onto a defensive mistake only to see his shot come back off the base of a post and away to safety and a Shea McGerrigan effort going narrowly wide of the target.

PSNI took control of the game in the early stages of the second half but just as the home side were starting to get some passing of their own going they fell behind when Paul McDowell met a cross from the right to stab the ball home at the back post.

City came back strongly in an effort to find an equaliser with a Johnny McSorley firing a snapshot just wide and minutes later Jordan Williamson saved an Andrew Hoey effort. The home side continued to press and the visitors were restricted to counter attacks as they pushed more and more men forward.

It looked as if they home side had found an equaliser ten minutes from time when Shea McGerrigan chipped the advancing Williamson only to see his effort cleared off the line.

Minutes later the home side had a penalty appeal turned down when the ball was handled in the box by a defender however the referee brought the play back for an earlier infringement and awarded a free kick to City just outside the box.

In the final minute, as if to prove it wasn’t going to be City’s day, Andrew Hoey headed over when well placed following some excellent work on the right by Jordan Bell.

Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Toal (Noonan), Lennon, Campbell, McSorley, Bell, Hoey, Kelly (Mallon), Mullen, S McGerrigan Subs not used: Rice, McCarten and Graham.

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