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Away day blues continue for City

Thursday, 22 December 2016

ARMAGH City's search for a first away win in the league since early September is set to continue after they suffered a 2-0 defeat against Institute in the NIFL Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Institute ...2
Armagh City ...0

It was the home side that started the more brightly but City soon got a foothold in the game with a Philip Donnelly shot being pushed away for a corner by 'keeper Gallagher and a minute later the 'keeper again had to come to the home side's rescue when he blocked Andrew Hoey's goal bound shot.

The strong running of Conor Mullen was creating a constant threat to the home defence and just before the half hour mark an excellent flick by Shea Campbell found Mullen whose touch for once let him down.

Just before the interval the roles were reversed with Mullen putting in Campbell but it took a last ditch tackle to stop the striker getting his shot away.

Institute had an early half chance at the start of the second half but Stephen Curry had his close range strike blocked by Johnny McSorley.

With 55 minutes there was widespread shock when Philip Donnelly received a straight red card for an alleged elbow as he attempted to shield the ball from an opponent.

Initially players from both sides and spectators thought he had been sent off for something he had said.

The incident was made even more confusing by the fact that not only were there no claims from the Institute players but neither was the alleged victim aware that any offence had been committed. Indeed it appeared that only one person in the ground believed an offence had been committed.

Within a minute the deadlock was broken as the home side took the lead thanks to a super piece of skill by Jamie McIntyre.

The right-winger got to the bye-line before cutting the ball back to Gareth Brown, who side footed home from close range.

Just after the hour mark the woodwork came to the City's rescue when McIntyre's lob from just inside the box came back off the crossbar.

Institute sealed the points 4 minutes from time when Curry made no mistake from close range after the ball fell kindly for him inside the six yard box.

A very harsh result on a City side which up until the time they were reduced to ten men were the better side.

Despite the defeat it would be difficult to criticise any player on their performance as all played well including substitute Ernestus Verenka who was lively when he came off the bench.

Team: Connolly, Montgomery, Toal, Mallon, Carvill, Mullen, McSorley, Donnelly, Bell, Hoey, Campbell.

Subs: Verenka replaced Campbell, Rice replaced McSorley, Buchanan replaced Hoey Not Used: S McGerrigan and McDowell

Next up for City is the Boxing Day Derby against Loughgall at Holm Park.

Kick off is at 3pm

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