City back to winning ways with Radcliffe Cup goalfest

Micheal O'Hehir grabbed two goals to put City on their way to victory on Saturday.

Michael O’Hehir grabbed two goals to put City on their way to victory on Saturday.

Armagh City 5 (O’Hehir 2, E Tavares, Maciulaitis, Blevins)
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.

The duck was broken on 26 minutes when O’Hehir rushed unto a through ball and though Turker denied him with the first effort, O’Hehir coolly slotted in the rebound to put City ahead.

The lead was doubled 10 minutes later after Hynds played a good pass to O’Hehir who turned his man before finding the bottom corner with a great strike giving the keeper no chance.

City continued to push the Point rearguard but without adding to their lead before the break.

Edilson Tavares came on at half time for Keegan who had picked up a knock and City maintained their dominance, while Hynds made way for Lucas in a straight swap on 50 mins.

Soon after Judge played an exquisite reverse pass to Tavares who moved the ball to Blevins but he was crowded out without getting a shot on target, however on 65 mins the game was as good as over when a great move involving Judge and Maciulaitis down the left resulted in a cross being whipped over for Taveres to head home past the beleaguered keeper.

Judge, who had his best game yet after injury, made way for Nesbitt on 72 mins as the home side went in search of more scores although to their credit Warrenpoint never gave up trying to break through City’s rearguard.

In one attack Grimley did well to clear as ‘Point threatened but from the resulting corner the ball broke to O’Hehir who play Maciulaitis through on goal from the halfway line with a superb pass and he raced clear to steer the ball to the keeper’s left and it clipped the inside of the post on its way into the net for the goal the striker deserved.

During this period City also rattled the post and they duly completed the scoring in the 83rd minute when a good move down the right side involving Tavares, O’Hehir and Maciulaitis resulted in Blevins scoring to complete a comprehensive win.

The win was a big boost to City and with some more experienced players due back from injury there will be continued competition for places in the starting line-up in the coming weeks, with plenty of cup and league action on the horizon.

City: Larkin, Clarke, L Grimley, Lobo, Courtney, Hynds (Lucas 50), Judge (Nesbitt 72), Keegan (E Tavares 46), Maciulaitis, Blevins, O’Hehir. Subs not used: Smith and Devine.

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Determined Eagles frustrate Duns

City defending a Dundela set-piece in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Wilgar Park

City defending a Dundela set-piece in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Wilgar Park

Dundela 0
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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City delighted to support iCare 5k Purple Run

L-R: Alex Clifford, Joe Kerr, Emma Grimley, Sean Daly

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

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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

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Seahawks pip Eagles in league opener

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Steafan McKenna celebrates his early debut goal with team-mates

Armagh City 2 (McKenna, Blevins)
Portstewart 3

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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Interested in joining City’s media team?

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 web@armaghcityfc.co.uk

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Experienced Welders see off City to start season

H&W Welders 3
Armagh City 0

A much changed and youthful City side made their exit from the League Cup at Tillysburn on Saturday against an experienced Welders side.

The home side were on the offensive from the first whistle and won a series of early corners which were easily dealt with by the City defence.

The first effort on target by either side came on 15 minutes when a long range effort by Matthew Hynds was comfortably saved by home keeper Craughwell. Minutes later the home side took the lead when Ross Arthurs made a strong run down the left before cutting the ball back to Leon Bonnes to score from close range. The home side pushed to add to their lead but the City defence held firm well marshalled by Caio Lobo and Leo Montiero. The nearest they came to adding a second was when a Scott McMillan header was cleared off the line by Daniel Courtney.

City gradually started to grow into the game with Michael O’Hehir working tirelessly upfront being well supported by Jack Clarke, Thai Blevins and Simon Smyth from the midfield area. On 40 minutes a Hynds effort flashed past a post and on the stroke of half time Jack Clarke had the ball in the net from a corner but his effort was rather harshly ruled out for what the referee considered an earlier foul on the keeper as he flapped at the ball.
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