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Last gasp City claim deserved point

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Last gasp City claim deserved point thumbnailHarland and Wolff Welders goalkeeper Samuel Johnston is put under pressure by Jordan Bell after a cross is whipped into the box.

TEN man Armagh City scored with one of the last kicks of the game to give them a share of the spoils against Gary Smyth's Harland and Wolff Welders at Holm Park on Saturday afternoon.

Armagh City ...2
H&W Welders...2

This match had a bit of everything with a questionable penalty award, a debatable sending off and an equaliser for City in the final minute of added time at the very end.

The opening minutes brought early pressure from the visitors, which caused some uncertainty in the City defence which was fortunate to survive on a couple of occasions, as they failed to clear their lines properly.

The first serious effort on goal came after ten minutes when a Paul Carvill effort went just past the angle of crossbar and post.

The match became a midfield battle and it wasn't until the 20th minute that Welders striker Ethan Boylan almost broke clear, but John Connolly was sharp off his line to thwart the striker.

Minutes later a superb Dale Montgomery strike came crashing off Samuel Johnston's left hand post. Almost immediately the Welders went down the field and a Scott McMillan effort from long range went wide of the target.

Just before the half hour mark the visitors were awarded a penalty for a high foot in the area and David Rainey stepped up to despatch the penalty and give the visitors the lead.

Things got worse for the home side just over a minute later when Ultan Lennon was shown a straight red when he was he was rather harshly adjudged to have denied a goal scoring opportunity just outside the area when it looked as if he had actually made contact with the ball.

For the remained of the half the visitors were well on top but failed to make their numerical advantage count as the home side struggled to get any foothold in the match.

Despite being a man short it was the home side that came out for the second half on the front foot.  They should have equalised in the 51st minute when Connor Mullen broke clear of the Welders defence only to skew his shot wide of the target with only the keeper to beat.

Two minutes later Shea McGerrigan latched onto a long ball and cooling chipped it over the advancing 'keeper to bring the sides level.

The home side continued to have the upper hand with a Philip Donnelly shot going narrowly wide before a Mullen header went over.

Moments later another Donnelly header from an excellent Dale Montgomery cross went wide of the target.

The Welders introduced substitutes McLellan and McKee in an effort to get back into the match and from a corner 15 minutes from time Michael McLellan rose unchallenged to head the visitors back into the lead.

To their credit City's ten men came back strongly with a Mullen header from yet another Montgomery cross going just going wide.

Ten minutes from time John Connolly had to come to the rescue of the home side when he came out to block an Ethan Boylan effort after he had got clear of the City defence.

City continued to press for a second equaliser and Johnston made a smart save from another Montgomery long range effort and a Shea Campbell shot when over the crossbar.

As the match went into the last minute of added on time the home side were awarded a free kick which found Connor Mullen who found the back of the net to give his side a well deserved share of the points.

Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Toal, Lennon, Carvill, Hoey, Bell, Donnelly, Mallon, S McGerrigan, Mullen Subs: Campbell replaced Hoey, Unused: Grimley, Verenka and Graham.

 

City travel to Drumahoe this Saturday to take on Institute in the match which was postponed a couple of weeks ago.

City will go into the tie without the suspended Ultan Lennon.

During the festive period City will play host to two league games, with the first on Boxing Day against Loughgall and then again on New Year's Eve when PSNI are the visitors. Both of thos games have a 3pm kick off.

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