Andrew Hoey (82)

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Andrew Hoey scored City's winner late in the game (Picture: Philip Magowan/PressEye.com)

HOEY GOAL GIVES ARMAGH THE EDGE

The first opportunity fell to Philip Donnelly who fired over from a fine Andrew Hoey lay-off.

Minutes later Shea Campbell was unselfish when rather than shoot he tried to find a pass rather than have a shot at goal himself.

Larne's first effort came when a Matthew Henry shot was comfortably dealt with by John Connolly in the home goal.

The home side, with Campbell leading the line well coupled with Hoey, Donnelly and McGerrigan providing some excellent support play continued to have the better of game.

City saw Joel Madison in the visitors goal deal comfortably with a Donnelly free kick from just outside the box and minutes later following a quick free kick the visitors Paul Carville put in a superb cross which the Larne defence managed to scramble away for a corner.

Next it was the turn of Shea McGerrigan to bring the best out of Madison when he cut inside to fire a superb effort goalward.

Before the interval in a rare attack for the visitors Michael Smith fired wide of Connolly's goal.

The second half was a mirror of the first with the home side having the bulk of possession.  Sean Mallon fired over from distance before Hoey flashed an effort over following a great run and cut back from McGerrigan.

McGerrigan continued to torment the visitors defence putting over a series of excellent crosses. Donnelly was next to shoot over having been set up by Campbell and from another McGerrigan cross Hoey header over when well placed.

City continued to press for an opener with a Jordan Bell effort being tipped over by Madison and a Hoey shot from a McGerrigan pull back being blocked.

The deadline was finally broken eight minutes from time when Hoey rose to head home, despite Madison getting a hand to the ball, from yet another McGerrigan cross.

Armagh City: Connolly, S. Campbell, Montgomery, Lennon, Toal, Mallon, Bell, Carville, Hoey, Donnelly, S. McGerrigan subs Graham (not used), Rice (not used), Ferreita (replaced S. Campbell 90+4), McCarten (not used), Verenka (not used)

Larne: Madison, Bradley, McKenna, Rodgers, Buckley, Smith, Irvine, Dorrian, Henry, Maguire, O'Neill subs Stuart (replaced Henry 86), Thompson (not used), McIlveen (not used), Gillan (replaced Smith 77), Hillen (replaced Maguire 64)

Referee: Glenn Taylor

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