Armagh City 3 (O’Hehir, Maciulaitis, Clarke)
Padraig Judge was in the thick of the action in Saturday’s 3-1 win over 1st Bangor. Photo courtesy of Gary Hancock/Irish FA.
1st Bangor 1
Armagh City cleared the first hurdle in the IFA Intermediate Cup on Saturday defeating top Amateur League side 1st Bangor with an impressive performance and some clinical finishing.
Manager Joe Ker lost keeper Conor Larkin to injury just minutes before the kick-off, which meant that regular custodian Danny Devine stepped up from the bench while Matthew Hynds, Daniel Courtney, Leo Monteiro and Edilson Tavares all started in the starting lineup, captained by Padraig Judge.
After being caught cold last week City themselves took an early lead when Courtney met a wayward Bangor pass, heading the ball through to Neda Maciulaitis who helped the ball forward. Michael O’Hehir raced onto the through ball and drilled home to give his side the edge over an older and more experienced side which included former Glentoran striker Matty Burrows.
O’Hehir received another pass from Maciulaitis moments later and forced visiting keeper Tony Galbraith into a diving save with a well-struck effort from outside the area, while Judge headed wide from the resulting corner.
Bangor then came at the City defence and Burrows fired in a stinging shot but Devine was alert to tip over for a corner as the ball looked destined for the roof of the net.
In the 14th minute the Eagles extended their lead when Judge found Jack Clarke out on the right wing. He cut inside past two defenders and hit a left-footed drive which was well saved by keeper Galbraith, only for the ball to fall straight to Maciulaitis who coolly slotted the ball home to double the lead.
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Armagh City 5 (O’Hehir 2, E Tavares, Maciulaitis, Blevins)
Michael O’Hehir grabbed two goals to put City on their way to victory on Saturday.
Warrenpoint Town Reserves 0
Manager Joe Kerr elected to make some changes for Saturday’s Bob Radcliffe cup game, bringing Conor Larkin into goal, Jake Keegan starting on the right wing and Daniel Courtney and Caio Lobo drafted into the defence.
The game kicked off in blowy conditions and City immediately looked to impose themselves on the game, a complete change from last week’s defeat against QUB, as O’Hehir fed Keegan in the opening minutes and he sent in a shot which was well saved by Berratt Turker, the first of many on what turned out to be a busy day for the ‘Point keeper.
City were impressive attacking down both wings with Clarke and Keegan especially making headway with some good moves down the right flank, but the young visitors somehow held them at bay in the early going.
In one isolated attack Warrenpoint broke upfield looking dangerous but the ever reliable Grimley was alert to the move and cleared comfortably. City kept up the pressure although in a Warrenpoint attack Larkin made a decent save, but the City onslaught continued at the other end with Turker making two more fine saves to frustrate City as the half reached its midway point.
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City defending a Dundela set-piece in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Wilgar Park
Armagh City 0
Armagh City grabbed their first point of the new season in the Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League with a hard-fought scoreless draw at Wilgar Park on Saturday.
Facing a well-fancied Dundela side featuring a number of players with considerable top flight experience, Joe Kerr’s young side produced a superb team performance to bring a hard-earned point back to Holm Park.
City were without Luke Grimley and Simon Smyth, with Caio Lobo and Mark Lucas drafted into the starting lineup.
Dundela started brightly, shifting the ball with good pace and threatening the City defence from the opening whistle. Daniel Burns and Dee McMaster had an early effort go awry for the home side, before Gary Irwin clipped the post inside the opening 10 minutes.
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L-R: Alex Clifford, Joe Kerr, Emma Grimley (iCare organising committee), Sean Daly
Players and coaches from City seniors, ladies and youth were delighted to take part in Saturday’s 5k iCare Purple Run at Gosford. Saturday’s event was a great day’s fun for families while also raising funds for three wonderful local causes:
– Fight for Alfie
– SANDS NI
– NI Air Ambulance in memory of Lesley Ann McCarragher
City ladies were well-represented among the huge numbers who took part, while first team manager Joe Kerr also took part prior to his side kicking-off their league campaign at Holm Park later in the day.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit www.icarecharity.com
Armagh City 2 (McKenna, Blevins)
Steafan McKenna celebrates his early debut goal with team-mates
The Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League got off to a ferocious start at Holm Park on Saturday, as Armagh City entertained Portstewart.
The home side found the net within the opening minute as Steafan McKenna marked his debut with a stunning strike as he cut in from the left to fire a right-footed effort into the top corner past the despairing dive of keeper Lukasz Bednarz.
The Seahawks responded quickly, however, and were back on level terms just 7 minutes later as City failed to deal with a through-ball and Eoghan Quigg coolly finished past the on-rushing Danny Devine in the Armagh goal.
Portstewart continued to hold the upper-hand in their return to PIL action, and were rewarded 10 minutes before the break when Johnny Stewart controlled a cross from the left with his back to goal, turned quickly and fired an early effort into the bottom corner past Devine.
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It’s the start of a new season for Armagh City on the pitch, and we’re on the lookout for enthusiastic team players who’d like to be part of the club, and specifically its media team. Whether you’re looking to build a portfolio for college or a future career, or just passionate about social media, writing or photography, we’d love to hear from you. We’re looking to expand our coverage of the city’s top club, so there are opportunities to produce content in whatever medium suits you. Ideally, you’d be available to contribute to the team on a regular basis, but even a few hours of commitment can make a big difference. We’ll provide support, training and even transportation whenever you need it, and you could well see your hard work appearing in the local and national media.
If you fit the bill, or know someone who might, please get in touch via direct message or email email@example.com