Armagh City 2 (Mallon, Campbell)
Sean Mallon grabbed his first goal of the season on Tuesday night to opening the scoring against Banbridge Town.
Banbridge Town 0
City kicked off their Mid-Ulster Cup campaign on Tuesday night with a home game against Premier Intermediate League side Banbridge Town in a game which initially turned out to be a contest between two strong defences as the opening twenty minutes were largely played in midfield and neither side getting a shot on target.
In the 21st minute City attacked on the left and won a corner which was taken by Ciaran Murray who swung the ball in front of Sean Mallon who powered a header into the net for a 1-0 lead. This seemed to spark both sets of forwards into life and from the kick-off Town’s Andrew Wilson went on a good run and sent a dangerous ball into the box but the ball was held by the diving John Connolly.
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Armagh City are delighted to announce that Dalzells of Markethill have renewed their sponsorship with the club. Dalzells have been long time supporters of Armagh City and their renewed commitment is testament to the Markethill business’s commitment to local football.
A family business with nigh on 60 years of expertise in kitchen appliances, multi-fuel stoves and TVs, Dalzells are the largest independent home appliance retailer in Northern Ireland.
Most recently Dalzells have taken their bed, mattress and bedroom furniture store online. The new venture boasts top names including Kaymed and King Koil with free delivery, pillows and recycling of customers old beds/mattresses included with every sale throughout Northern Ireland and counties Monaghan, Louth and Dublin.
Armagh City 3-0 Lisburn Rangers
Philip Donnelly continued his good form with a brace of goals on Saturday.
Armagh City’s Irish Cup campaign started on Saturday when they took the field against Lisburn Rangers in difficult conditions with a high wind blowing mainly in City’s favour but swirling at times to make judging a pass even more difficult. Understandably the game had a quiet start but City with the wind advantage had slightly more possession.
After about twenty minutes came the first real chances of the game but visiting goalkeeper Colin Tinsley’s save from Philip Donnelly was followed by a Shea McGerrigan shot being blocked by Lisburn’s Johnston. Rangers broke upfield and fine move involving Pater McCann and James Adams ended with Connolly going down to hold the ball. From his clearance the ball fell to Jordan Bell who sent in a great shot only to see Tinsley bring off an equally impressive save. Read more ›
Larne 4-4 Armagh City
Gary Lawless grabbed his first goal for City in Saturday’s 4-4 draw against Larne.
A depleted Armagh City side travelled to Inver Park in Larne on Saturday, coming home with a good point after an exhilarating 4-4 draw. While neither manager will have been thrilled to concede four goals, the torrid conditions made life difficult for both teams, and in the end the shared spoils seemed a fair result.
Missing injured regulars Ultan Lennon, Conor McAnallen and captain Liam Cullen, along with suspended trio Dara Noonan, Shea Campbell and Eamon Kelly, manager Marty Rice had to shuffle his pack against a Larne side who started the day in third position in the league.
Northern Ireland under-17 international Eoin Toal made his debut at the heart of the defence, and put in a strong performance against one of the Championship’s top attacking duos in Paul Maguire and Guillaume Keke.
The frantic early moments of the game proved a good indication of what was to follow, with early chances at either end. An early ball into the City box caused confusion in the defence, and John Connolly had to be alert to make a sharp save from John Donnelly. Read more ›
December is shaping up to be an exciting month of cup action for City, with recent draws setting up home ties with Lisburn Rangers in the Irish Cup on Saturday 5 December (ko 3pm), and St Patrick’s YM in the Intermediate Cup on Saturday 12 December (ko 1.30pm).
Marty Rice will be hoping that his young side can continue their strong performances in recent years in each competition, but a first chance of silverware will cup in the Bob Radcliffe Cup over the Christmas period.
After last month’s semi-final win over Dollingstown, City had to wait until to discover their opponents. Loughgall’s 2-1 win over Annagh United sets up a tasty double-header either side of Christmas, with a league tie at Lakeview Park on Saturday 19 December to be followed by the Bob Radcliffe Cup final at the same venue on Boxing Day!
Knockbreda 1-3 Armagh City
Shea Campbell put the icing on the cake with an injury time goal at Breda Park to seal all three points.
Marty Rice’s Armagh City side travelled to Breda Park in east Belfast on Saturday and emerged with three impressive points after a superb performance at a venue that hasn’t yielded much success for the Eagles over the years.
Conditions were blustery throughout the game, with City kicking-off playing into the wind. Both teams took some time to find their way in the early play, with no real chances to bother either keeper.
Just as Knockbreda looked to be gaining the upper hand a quick City break led to the first goal of the game on 20 minutes. Andrew Hoey picked up the ball on the right wing and after beating a man slipped the ball through to Philip Donnelly on the right side of the penalty area. Donnelly looked up and picked out the on-rushing Jordan Bell who slotted home into the bottom corner for his fourth goal of the season. Read more ›