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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Armagh City 1
The home side started the more brightly and but for a finger tip save from Paul Cairnduff they might have taken an early lead from an excellent Shea Campbell strike. A Johnny McSorley shot was off target and a Jasir Camara effort was comfortably saved by Cairnduff.
As the half wore on the visitors started to come more into the game. It was the home side however that took the lead five minutes from the interval following good build up play an Eamon Kelly cross from the left was met inside the box by Conor Mullen who found the net.
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City have received confirmation of dates and kick-off times for the two-legged NIFL Championship Promotion/Relegation Play-off against Newry City.
First Leg – Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
Newry City v Armagh City
Second Leg – Friday, 5th May, 2017
Armagh City v Newry City
Both games will kick-off at 7.45pm.
£250 – Luke Grimley
£25 – Pat Crowe
£25 – Gary Brady
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Armagh City 1
Armagh City followed up last week’s victory against Lurgan Celtic with another win on their travels, this time at Inver Park in Larne on Saturday. Despite missing a number of first team regulars through injury and unavailability, Marty Rice’s side produced a determined performance that was rewarded by Jasir Camara’s second-half winner.
On a cool afternoon, both sides struggled in the opening minutes to deal with the poor pitch conditions that made any kind of passing game very difficult.
It was the home side who had the better of the chances in the opening half, with City keeper John Connolly forced into an early stop from Conall McGrandles before denying James McCabe with a smart save on 19 minutes.
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City keeper John Connolly recently picked up his player of the month award for March from Laura Keegan of sponsors Keegan’s Bar.
The Newry-based stopper helped City grab 5 points in the Championship during the month with a string a fine saves.