Carvill: We know we are capable of competing with the very best

Photo courtesy of Ulster Gazette

Photo courtesy of Ulster Gazette

In our latest interview in conjunction with the Ulster Gazette, City’s Mid-Ulster Cup goal-scoring hero Paul Carvill gives his thoughts on getting a lengthy run in the first team, and his views on the strength of the Championship. Get your Ulster Gazette every Tuesday morning for all the reports, interviews and analysis from Holm Park!

In it for the long run!
by Sam Gamble

Experienced Armagh City full-back Paul Carvill has expressed his delight at getting an extended run in the City first team this season. The left-back has been a mainstay in Marty Rice’s starting eleven this season and thought results have varied during that spell, he has enjoyed every minute of it.

“Over the last year or two I have been behind Ryan McGerrigan and he was playing so well that I really couldn’t complain about not getting game time. Marty is probably spoilt for talent on the left hand side and last year he had Ryan and Shea really playing well and I was left kicking my heels.

“I probably didn’t help myself at times when I was more committed to playing GAA at times, but I now know that you can’t just dip in and out of the club and expect game time. I settled myself down and focused on getting into the team from August and while performances have varied it has been great to get a run in the team.”
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City in for Trojan battle in Irish Cup


City have been drawn against top NI Intermediate League side Trojans in the fifth round of the Tennent’s Irish Cup. The maiden city side have a strong reputation in the local game thanks to a formidable youth set-up, while their senior side won the NI Intermediate League back in 2014/15. The game will be played at Holm Park on Saturday 7 January 2017, kick-off 3pm.

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City win derby spoils to earn cup final spot

Armagh City 2 (S McGerrigan, Carvill)
Loughgall 1

Paul Carvill's second half free-kick fired City into the Mid-Ulster Cup final.

Paul Carvill’s second half free-kick fired City into the Mid-Ulster Cup final.

Armagh City grabbed local bragging rights on Wednesday night, coming from behind to secure a place in the Mid-Ulster Cup final against Warrenpoint Town after seeing off rivals Loughgall.

The game kicked-off at a foggy Holm Park, with both sides keen to put their league struggles behind them and secure a place in the January final.

The Villagers got off to a perfect start, grabbing a set-piece lead inside six minutes. Steven Ferguson swung in a free-kick from the left after Dale Montgomery had impeded Peter Campbell, and defender Andy Devlin rose highest to nod the ball past John Connolly in the City goal.

The early shock spurred Armagh into action, although they had to wait until midway through the half for their first effort on goal. Shea Campbell’s hard work on the left wing was rewarded as he forced a loose ball towards Shea McGerrigan who fired an ambitious shot from a wide angle which had Loughgall keeper Gareth Buchanan scrambling before the ball drifted harmlessly wide of the goal.
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Donnelly ready to go above and beyond

Photo courtesy of Ulster Gazette

Photo courtesy of Ulster Gazette


In this week’s Ulster Gazette, Philip Donnelly discusses the team’s aspirations to make the top six before the Championship split, as well as his personal efforts to keep improving and lift City’s form. Get your Ulster Gazette every Tuesday morning for all the reports, interviews and analysis from Holm Park!

Donnelly ready to go above and beyond
By Sam Gamble

City attacking midfielder Philip Donnelly admitted that he turned down opportunities to make the step up to the Premier League last summer to stay faithful to Armagh City and manager Marty Rice.

“There was a few clubs in contact with me over the summer about playing in the Premier League, but I was really enjoying my football under Marty at City. He spoke to me and told me to give him another year and I thought about it and sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.I am really enjoying my football at the club and we play the game in the right way, with the ball on the ground and sometimes you maybe take that step up and the play can be a bit more direct in some of the games.”
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City suffer Celtic slip

Armagh City 1 (Carvill)
Lurgan Celtic 3

Paul Carvill's late goal wasn't enough for City to take anything from Saturday's game.

Paul Carvill’s late goal wasn’t enough for City to take anything from Saturday’s game.

A bad day at the office for the Eagles saw visitors Lurgan Celtic collect all three points against a City side that failed to get into any rhythm throughout Saturday’s encounter.

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.
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McGerrigan: We don’t fear anyone in this league

Photo courtesy of Ulster Gazette

Photo courtesy of Ulster Gazette

In this week’s Ulster Gazette, Shea McGerrigan speaks about his return from injury and hopes of firing City up the table. Get your Ulster Gazette every Tuesday morning for all the reports, interviews and analysis from Holm Park!

Making a difference!
By Sam Gamble

After going 54 days without a win in the NIFL Championship, Armagh City’s recent revival has coincided with the return of key players such as Shea Campbell, Philip Donnelly and Shea McGerrigan. Indeed, McGerrigan’s return has given City a greater cutting edge in the final third, with the left-winger having a major influence in recent games.

He crossed for Andy Hoey to net the winner against Larne and scored a goal of his own in their draw at Warrenpoint Town. While modestly claiming City’s return to form has been down to hard work from everyone, McGerrigan admitted it was nice to be back involved after a spell on the sidelines.

“I was out for six weeks with a medial ligament injury in my knee at the start of the season. I’m 28 now and you sometimes sit back and get frustrated when you are injured and wonder what is this all about! Thankfully I have the worst of it over me and I am back, 100% fit and raring to go.”
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