Training on Tuesday night featured a visit from irishfa.com ahead of Saturday’s big Irish Cup sixth round clash with holders Glenavon as City manager Marty Rice and veteran keeper John Connolly spoke of their hopes for the clash.
Video courtesy of irishfa.com
Armagh City 0
Four second half goals from Dergview saw Armagh City slump to a league defeat in the NIFL Championship on Saturday at Darragh Park.
Marty Rice’s side still sit five points adrift in the relegation play-off and basement side Annagh United picked up a valuable point away at Harland and Wolff Welders to cut the gap between themselves and the Eagles to nine points.
Two sublime finishes from Garth Falconer and a goal apiece from Philip Wallace and Duwayne McManus in the second half saw Richard Clarke’s side ease to a 4-0 win and practically cemented their place in the top six prior to the split in two weeks time.
It was the home side that started the strongest and Falconer should have opened the scoring with 9 minutes on the clock. A low ball from the industrious Wallace found Falconer at the back post, but he blasted wide of the upright when well placed inside the area.
Sixty seconds later City should have opened the scoring. Grimley clipped a clever ball behind Gareth Buchanan and Shea Campbell chipped the ball over the advancing Stefan McCusker, but the ball landed the other side of the post.
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Armagh City 4 (Rushe, Mullen 2, Hynds)
Annagh United 2
City made it two wins out of two in 2017 with a comfortable win over rivals Annagh United. The opening quarter hour saw little in the way of goalmouth action as neither side were able to get any real control of the game.
The home side eventually started to get some good passing play going with Rushe, Hynds and McSorley all heavily involved. The deadlock was broken when Tiarnan Rushe latched onto a fine through ball before slotting his shot past debutant keeper Danny Devine.
The home side took control of the game from then and it was little surprise when City doubled their lead minutes later. This time it was the hardworking Conor Mullen who headed home a Sean Mallon cross for his first goal since returning to the club. Minutes later a superb Rushe cross was deflected out of the path of the in-rushing Mullen when it looked as if he would have a simple tap in.
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Paul Carvill receives an acknowledgement of his 100th appearance from Aidan Murphy.
Left-sided utility man Paul Carvill recently played his 100th game for the club in the boxing day game at home to Loughgall.
Hailing from Portadown, Paul joined Preston North End as a schoolboy before returning home to play for Glenavon. A member of the City squad for several years, Marty Rice has deployed Carvill at both full-back and on the wing.
Armagh City 0
City’s disappointing run of results and indeed luck continued in their final match of 2016. Despite having more than their fair share of possession it was the visitors who took home all three points.
The first half saw little in the way of control from either side with the only real chances coming in the opening quarter when Lukasz Adamczyk latched onto a defensive mistake only to see his shot come back off the base of a post and away to safety and a Shea McGerrigan effort going narrowly wide of the target.
PSNI took control of the game in the early stages of the second half but just as the home side were starting to get some passing of their own going they fell behind when Paul McDowell met a cross from the right to stab the ball home at the back post.
City came back strongly in an effort to find an equaliser with a Johnny McSorley firing a snapshot just wide and minutes later Jordan Williamson saved an Andrew Hoey effort. The home side continued to press and the visitors were restricted to counter attacks as they pushed more and more men forward.
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