03 May 2024

Armagh City dramatically won the Promotion-Relegation playoff on penalties to mark their return to the Playr-Fit Championship.

After a 1-1 draw at Holm Park in the first leg, Championship side Dergview had home advantage for the second leg.

There was little given in the opening ninety minutes at Darragh Park, as neither side could make the breakthrough in normal time, with the game going to extra time after a scoreless ninety minutes.

Armagh finally took the advantage, taking the lead on 106 minutes, as Conor Mullen acrobatically pounced on Oladunjoye's cross to fire home.

The scores were pegged back to 1-1 just four minutes later, as Dergview struck back on 110 minutes. The onrushing Gareth Harkin was fouled by Ethan Jordan in the penalty area, and Padriag Lynch stepped up to level the scores again.

Armagh held their nerve and eventually emerged victorious 5-4 on penalties to secure their place in next season’s Championship, with Dergview relegated to the Premier Intermediate League.

Dergview: O’Gara, Parke, Falconer, Cowan, Burns, Fielding, Walsh, McDonagh, Harkin, McDermott, Lynch subs Doherty, McKeown, McLaughlin, Duffy, Maxwell, Aduaka, Sproule

Armagh City: Byrne, Geraghty, Rutkowski, Butler, Clarke, Jordan, Lavery, Oladunjoye, McConnell, McCann, Mullen subs King, Reilly, Wilson, Mullen, Duffy, Macgregor, Okaidja