In this week’s Ulster Gazette, John Connolly speaks about about how City need to stay positive in their attempts to get out of their current poor run of form. Get the Ulster Gazette every week for interviews, reports and photographs from Armagh City FC
City ready to turn the corner
By Sam Gamble
Experienced Armagh City goalkeeper John Connolly has said that the Cathedral City outfit need to keep their heads up and stay positive, as they look to get themselves out of their recent poor run of form.
City’s latest performance saw them suffer a 4-1 at home to Institute on Saturday afternoon in the league and Connolly said it has been a difficult period for the club.
“We need to keep our heads up and be positive and I know that once we get a few players back from injury and suspension that we will be back up there and getting some positive results again.
Marty Rice’s charges suffered an agonising midweek defeat against Carrick Rangers last Wednesday evening in the NIFL League Cup and despite having large spells of possession, City had little to show for their efforts.
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Annagh United 3
Armagh City 0
A depleted Armagh City side travelled to Portadown on Saturday, hoping to get back to winning ways against the Championship’s bottom side, Annagh United.
Missing several regulars, including Philip Donnelly, Ciaran Murray, Eoin Toal and Shea McGerrigan, Marty Rice drafted Paul Carvill and Johnny McSorley into the starting lineup, while Shea Campbell led the line against his former team.
In a nervy opening 10 minutes, captain John Connolly had to be alert from free-kicks by Christian Stewart and Johnny McClurg, but neither really threatened the City keeper.
The visitors had their first attempt on goal when Jordan Bell found some space 25 yards from goal, but his effort went harmlessly wide.
Annagh took the lead on 18 minutes when Jake Richardson broke down the right and fired a dangerous low cross into the City box which Dara Noonan could only turn into the top corner past the helpless Connolly.
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Video courtesy of PSNI FC
Armagh City 1 (Murray pen)
City looked to be heading to all three points on Saturday after a strong performance at Newforge but had to be satisfied with a point at the final whistle after Darius Roohl grabbed a late equaliser for the hosts.
The PSNI started strongly and had an early appeal for a penalty waved away when Lukasz Adamcyzk went down under a challenge from City keeper John Connolly. The Eagles responded with some neat interplay on the left giving Ciaran Murray the opportunity to cut inside and fire a 20-yard shot that clipped the post.
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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.