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City on the march in Irish Cup.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

ARMAGH City progressed to the next round of the Irish Cup after an evenly fought tie against Coagh by a 2 goal margin which was only secured in the last moments of the game.


ARMAGH CITY...2
COAGH...0.

City had several players missing from the usual line up and put themselves under pressure in the opening minutes after overplaying the ball at the back led to a stray pass giving the visitors a chance that was just wide.

However after a sluggish opening, the home side came more into the game as play went from end to end and Daniel Courtney set up Mark Lucas who fired over the bar.

Coagh looked dangerous and mounted several attacks which were repelled by the City defence, with Conor Kerr, Luke Grimley, Leo Montiero and Courtney standing firm against bigger and more experienced opponents.

Paudie Judge sent over a fine crossfield pass which Coagh cleared with some difficulty as O Hehir closed in and moved upfield to gain a corner, resulting in a shot which Daniel Devine in the home goal tipped over and Judge placed a clever pass over the defence in an effort to get O Hehir free but the defenders crowded him out.

City took the lead on 31 minutes when O Hehir was put through and was taken out by the keeper who was booked and conceded a spot kick.

Up stepped Stefan McKenna to calmly send the Coagh custodian the wrong way with a well taken penalty.

Coagh responded to this by pushing City back as they searched for an equaliser and two vital saves by Devine kept City in the game, the first when a fierce cross shot from the left saw him make a great fingertip save changing direction and turning the ball around his left hand post after a scramble in the goalmouth while the second was a well struck free from the right and he got down to turn the ball away when a goal looked on.

The second half was more of the same with both sides going for broke and Jack Clarke made a great turn and shot with his left foot only to see the ball just past the angle of the goal and moments later a City corner saw Judge outjump the keeper with the ball going narrowly wide.

On 55 minutes, Edilson Tavares replaced O Hehir and within a short time was put through by Kerr but was caught offside.

Coagh still posed a threat but despite the possession they had didn't force Devine into one direct save in the second period and City showed good pace on the break but were frustratingly caught offside several times as they sought to clinch the game.

Although in one attack, Clarke crossed for Tavares to connect with a brilliant overhead kick which just went past the post.

McKenna was forced off after a hefty challenge being replaced by Nedas Michiulaitis as Coagh pushed upfield several times but despite several corners and free-kicks did not get a shot on target to trouble the City defence and Armagh still looked dangerous on the break despite Coagh probably edging the amount of possession.

Lucas left to make way for Caio Lobo who took up a more defensive midfield role and the home side scored a vital second with three minutes of the 90 to go as Tavares and Michiulaitis combined for Michiulaitis to slot home after his first effort was parried by the keeper, sending Armagh through to the next round.

The general feeling among the spectators was that City were pushed all the way by a more streetwise team but it was a well earned victory which was always in the melting pot before the second goal.

Armagh line up: Devine, Kerr, Grimley, Montiero, Courtney, Judge, Lucas (Lobo 82), Clarke, Keegan, O Heir (Tavares 55), McKenna(Machulaitis 65).

Sub unused: CJ Jones Jnr.

This Saturday it is back to league action with an away trip to Banbridge Town, with kick-off at 3pm.

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