Vital three points for determined City

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Vital three points for determined City thumbnailAction from City’s 3-0 win over Lurgan Celtic on Saturday

Armagh City 3 Lurgan Celtic 0

It was the visitors who had much the better of the opening half at Holm Park.
They caused the home defence a number of anxious moments but despite all their possession John Connolly in the City goal was only called into action once five minutes before the break when he did brilliantly to palm away a Ryan Lawless effort.
The home side were restricted to long passes and were caught offside on a number of occasions.
On the stroke of half time a cross from the right found it's way to Eamon Kelly but the midfielder's shot went wide of the right hand upright.
It was City however that took the lead in added on time at the end of the half when Conor Mullen hit a superb effort from 25 yards into the top corner giving Celtic keeper McCorry no chance after good work by Johnny McSorley when he won the ball in the attacking third.
City came out in the second half and started to play with real confidence creating a number of half chances.
The lead was doubled midway through the half when Conor Kerr did superbly to beat two men before slotting the perfect through ball to Conor Mullen who outpaced the defence before making no mistake with the finish.
On the half hour mark a fine Johnny McSorley effort went just over the visitors cross bar and within a minute a Rogers effort hit the post at the other end after good work on the right by Malone.
Fifteen minutes from time the match was settled when Mullen completed his first ever hat-trick for the club when he nipped in front of the Celtic defence before slotting the ball into the bottom corner from close range following some fine build up play.
The visitors didn't give up and John Connolly had to be at his best to tip over a fierce Malone free-kick minutes from time to keep his clean sheet intact.
This result keeps the momentum at home going with two wins and a draw in the last three league matches. Encouraging signs for the future especially the performance of 17 year old Conor Kerr in his first couple of starts for the first team and the return to goal scoring form of Conor Mullen.
Team: Connolly, Kerr, Lennon, Hutchinson, Carvill, Hynds, Grimley, Kelly, McSorley, Camara, Mullen. Subs: Mallon replaced Hynds, Blevins replaced McSorley, Rice replaced Grimley Not Used: Toal and Boyle


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