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Armagh come out on top in 11 goal thriller.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

ARMAGH Men's 1st XI welcomed Raphoe 2s to Ardmore on Saturday for their Junior 2 League game.

The game started with both sides trying to attack and make an early blow. It was Raphoe who made the breakthrough within the first five minutes when a deflated shoot bounced into the Armagh goal.

From the restart Armagh pushed hard to try and find the goal to level the game. Good work from Jake Harrison down the right wing saw a ball hit into the D where a scramble to clear it caused Raphoe to conseed a penalty corner. Armagh scored through Ainsley McRoberts to level the score.

The game was flowing well with both sides creating chances. Raphoe scored their second goal of the day with some good counter attacking hockey.

Within minutes of the restart Armagh were level again through a Chrissy Wilson thunderbolt penalty corner.

The first half was drawing to a close but both sides had not finished scoring. With another good attacking play Raphoe scored but Armagh replied immediately with a classic goal from Keith Hamilton to end the first half 3-3.

The second half started much in the same way with Armagh taking the lead for the first time through nice inter play which gave Jack Sloane room in the D to shoot past the Raphoe keeper.

With the game evenly balanced Raphoe scored again to level things off.

Ar ma gh's defence where holding off Raphoe well as the second half progressed with William Shepard making some important saves and the midfield men making good runs into the Raphoe goal.

It wasn't long before Armagh won another penalty corner which was dispatched by Chrissy Wilson.

From here Armagh were making their fitness show and pushing Raphoe back with good attacking hockey. Raphoe couldn't clear their lines and Michael stepped up with his first goal for Armagh to give a two goal lead.

With a new found confidence Armagh didn't look like losing any more goals and attacked Raphoe with everything they had.

They were rewarded with another penalty corner and with a switched shoot, Adam Woods got his name on the score sheet, giving Armagh the final score 7-4.

This Saturday Armagh welcome Cookstown 3s to Ardmore for a 1pm push back.

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