City take on Loughgall tonight

The mouth-watering clash takes place at Holm Park tonight (Tuesday, November 11) and kicks-off at 7.30pm.
City and the Villagers have met once already this season, sharing the spoils in a hard fought Belfast Telegraph Championship One game at Lakeview Park.
But this cup match will be played to a finish – with the winners also claiming local bragging rights!
Armagh were without winger Shea McGerrigan against Bangor but, although in the panel, he was rested on the bench to protect a leg injury sustained in the Mid-Ulster Cup game against Newry City FC recently.
His rerurn would be welcomed by the Holm Park outfit – the current holders of the Bob Radcliffe Trophy.
Loughgall, however, will have exrtra incentive against City because, if they win the tie, then it is probable they will host the prestigue final at the traditional Lakeview Park venue on Boxing Day!
Currently, the Villagers are showing slightly better form than their City opponents and warned up for the cup encounter with a league point away at Donegal Celtic on Saturday last.
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City run high-flying Bangor close

Armagh Ciy came within a whisker of taking the scalp of unbeaten Belfast Telegraph Championship One leaders Bangor at Holm Park on Saturday.

Only a late rally saved the Seasiders who dealt a double blow to scuttle the brave Eagles in a rip-roaring contest.

Chances were at a premium early on but Bangor almost opened their account on 17 minutes when a thunderous shot from Richard Gibson was brilliantly palmed to safety by City stopper Sean Morgan.

But Armagh fought back and visiting ‘keeper Paul Cairnduff was at full stretch on the half-hour to deny rampant striker Stephen Murray.

Murray had another half chance just before the break but, on this occasion, Cairnduff was not troubled.

In the opening half the teams largely cancelled each other out but, after the break, the game really opened up and many more chances were created.

The home side were now much more direct and Murray, Philip Donnelly and Ryan McGerrigan all went close after a period of pressure.

Bangor were always dangerous on the break, however, and Gibson just missed out with a headed effort despite the close attentions of Armagh centre-back Ultan Lernnon.

A breakthrough looked inevitable and this duly arrived in the 64th minute.

City’s Murray burst through to the edge of the box before unleashing a powerful low shot which left Cairnduff floundering on this occasion.

But the big Bangor stopper made amends minutes later when he pulled off another great save from the dangerous Armagh striker.

The visitors then took the bull by the horns as they piled forward in seach of an equaliser.

And they drew leavel on 85 minutes when Colin Nixon climbed high at the back-post to find the top corner of the City net with a well placed header.

Bangor kept on the offensive and, in the 90th minute, they grabbed the winner when a swinging cross from the right by Don Melly eluded everyone in the packed goalmouth and drifted past the unlucky Morgan.
This was a dagger in the heart for City but a real boost to high-flying Bangor who maintain their unbeaten league run.
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Club 50th Anniversary Dinner

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On Friday 28th November we are holding the 50th anniversary celebration night in Armagh City Hotel. 

The event gets underway with a reception at 7pm, followed by the dinner at 7.45pm, with live music afterwards.

Tickets to the anniversary occasion are still available and can be obtained by contacting any committee member.

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City back on the cup trail 

Armagh City will be back on the Mid-Ulster Cup trail tomorrow when they entertain Newry City AFC.

The Holm Park encounter, (Tuesday, October 28, kick-off 7.30pm), gives the local outfit a chance to relax from the rigors of Championship One football and, possibly, hand a run-out to several players on the fringe of first-team football.

Former Premier League side Newry are rated highly and will provide tough opposition despite losing several top players when forfeiting their senior status.

City, however, are on the crest of a wave after defeating Dundela 5-2 on Saturday last – their biggest ever win over the east Belfast outfit!

They produced a very solid performance in the victory and, crucially, tucked away the majority of chances which came their way.

A hat-trick from striker Stephen Murray paved the way for the result but he was aided and abetted all the way in that game by the outstanding wing play of Shea McGerrigan.

RADCLIFFE CUP
Meanwhile, City now know their opponents in the semi-final of the Bob Radcliffe Cup.
For they will have another local derby clash with Loughgall in the mouthwatering tie at Holm Park, Armagh, on Tuesday, November 11, kick-off 7.45pm.
This follows the Villagers quarter-final win, on penalties, over Lurgan Celtic on Saturday last.
The local teams have clashed once already this season when City shared the spoils in a Belfast Telegraph Championship One match at Lakeview Park.
LEAGUE
This Saturday, November 1, Armagh will be back to the bread and butter of league football.
They travel to take on Ballyclare Comrades and, once again, a tough encounter is envisaged. However, on currrent form City have a great chance of taking the spoils.
On Saturday week, November 8, Championship One leaders Bangor will provide the opposition at Holm Park. The County Down visitors are currently on the crest of a wave and destroyed the PSNI at the weekend with an 8-0 win!
City lost to Bangor in last season’s Intermediate Cup final by 2-0 but will be hoping to turn the tables on the Seasiders this time around.
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Last Man Standing w/e 25th October

Conor mcnamee. Arsenal.

Dara Noonan Man city.
David Courtney. Swansea.
Gareth grimley arsenal.
Gary Cooke west brom.
Gerard Stevenson, burnley.
James Nesbitt, arsenal.
John Hynds Liverpool.
Keith Nesbitt west ham.
Geoff Lester spurs.
Jim Bruce, Liverpool.
Luke grimley arsenal.
Niall geoghegan, burnley.
Peter shields , spurs.
Philip Donnelly , burnley.
Roily McCabe, burnley.
Ryan runnette, arsenal.
Simon Courtney, Southampton.
Tommy McAllister arsenal.
Ryan Martin arsenal.
Ryan Stewart, Everton.

For those on burnley this week. I didn’t receive a nominated team from you so the alphabetical team rule kicked in. The first team alphabetically AT HOME that you have not used. This week that is burnley. Some money still outstanding so could you please see Christopher Crowe Tony Murphy, Philip Johnston or any other committee member to square up. Thanks.

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Five-star City crush Dundela

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A superb hat-trick from Armagh City’s Stephen Murray set his side up with an impressive 5-2 Belfast Telegraph Championship One win over visitors Dundela.

The big striker was on target in the opening minute when a cross into the box by Shea McGerrigan was dispatched into the corner of the net past outstretched ‘keeper Johnny Sergeant.

City doubled their tally on five minutes when the rampant McGerrigan again got to the bye-line and fired in another dangerous cross which was collected by Ryan McGerrigan who found the back of the Dundela net with a low 15-yard shot.

After these early setbacks the Belfast side began to settle and, on 25 minutes, City ‘keeper Niall Geoghegan brilliantly saved a close-range effort from Carl McComb, while Michael Halliday headed the resultant corner just wide.

Then the Duns Kyle Owens had a header cleared off the City goal-line by the alert Donnelly.

These misses proved vital as Armagh then raced forward to notch their third score on 34 minutes.

A free-kick from Ultan Lennon found McGerrigan on the left and his cross into the box was met on the volley by Murray who had time and space to pick his spot from 10-yards out. 

Then came one of the most spectacular goals ever seen at Holm Park!
Aided by the strong wind Lennon let fly with a free-kick from 65-yards which Sergeant could only parry onto the underside of the crossbar before the ball fell behind him into the back of the net! Just before the break Andrew Simms fired in a fierce shot for shell-shocked Dundela but Geoghegan did brilliantly once again to deflect the effort for a corner.
Half-time: Armagh City 4 Dundela 0.
At the start of the second-half the visitors rang the changes in an effort to get back into the match.
And, within five minutes of the restart, they had reduced the arrears when Halliday flicked the ball home from close-range following a corner on the right.
Dundela kept up the pressure and were given further encouragement on 80 minutes when Scott Collins breezed past three Armagh defenders and found the net with a powerful shot from the edge of the 18-yard box.
This was a wake-up call for City and they suddenly came out of their shell once more and launched a number of attacks, noteable through the impressive McGerrigan on the left.
And, with five minutes remaining, the home side did round off a fine performance with their fifth score.
Donnelly broke into the Dundela box and crossed to Murray who tapped the ball into an empty net from just six yards out.
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