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Stephen Murray (45)
Stephen Murray (54)
Shea McGerrigan (70)


Glebe Rangers



ARMAGH City strengthened their grip at the top of the Belfast Telegraph Championship Two following their latest win over Glebe Rangers.

The Holm Park side were slow out of the blocks and the visitors almost took advantage when a curling Tommy Elder 25-yard shot struck the crossbar before bouncing to safety.

City eventually settled into an attacking pattern and should have opened their account on 20 minutes but Glebe 'keeper Brian Kane pulled off tremendous back-to-back saves to deny midfielders Kevin Keegan and Matthew Hynds.

The game was now flowing and Armagh were unlucky when Shea McGerrigan's shot flew acoss goal but, moments later, they had right wing-back Dale Montgomery to thank for a goal-line clearance from the rampant Elder.

The deadlock was eventually broken on the stroke of half-time with a superb score.

A ball into the danger area to Gareth Grimley was flicked into the path of the inrushing Shea McGerrigan who, in turn, placed a perfect ball across the six-yard box where striker Stephen Murray pounced to give Armagh the lead.

But Glebe still had time to fight back and almost levelled matters but shooting efforts from Elder, Ian Christie and Aaron Williamson were thwarted by superb defensive play.

After the break City upped their game and McGerrigan and Grimley had early chances.

But, on 54 minutes, Armagh did get their reward when Glebe 'keeper Kane was sold short with a back-pass and Murray beat him to the ball, firing into an empty net after rounding the unfortunate stopper.

And midway through the half it was defensive suicide once again for Rangers when a mix-up between Kane and Chris Nicholl left Shea McGerrigan in the clear and, once again, the empty net was found.

Despite these reverses Glebe never gave in and were denied several scoring chances before the end of this pulsating affair.


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