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.
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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.
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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.