PSNI extend lead at the top of championship

Armagh City's Philip Donnelly opened the scoring against Comber Rec in the Intermediate Cup
Armagh City's Philip Donnelly opened the scoring against Comber Rec in the Intermediate Cup

A combination of cup commitments and weather conditions meant there wasn’t a lot of action in the Championship over the weekend.

In Championship 2 PSNI recorded a solid 3-0 win over Chimney Corner in terrible conditions at Newforge.

Glebe Rangers collected three valuable points as they travelled to Portstewart.

The home side took an early lead on five minutes when Dean Murray fed Ryan Doherty and he placed his shot past Kane.

Glebe came back strongly and levelled the scores on 25 minutes through Gareth Henry.

Glebe looked the more purposeful of the two sides in the second half and despite having been reduced to ten men on the hour took the points when a Marks headed a corner kick past Madison.

Intermediate Cup

A hat-trick from prolific striker Steven Murray eased Armagh’s passage into the last sixteen of the Intermediate Cup against Comber Rec at Holm Park on Saturday. 

City ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in the end but also squandered several more gilt-edged chances which saved the blushes of the Amateur Premier League side. 

Watching the game were Glentoran’s Eddie Patterson and Roy Coyle who will have learnt little about the much-changed home side who had to battle in atrocious weather condition throughout. 

Armagh took a deserved lead when the impressive Philip Donnelly tucked home a low shot from 10-yards after a cross from the right by Kevin Keegan. 

Murray grabbed a second - and his 22nd goal of the season - with a low 18-yard effort which gave Comber ‘keeper Jack McCrea no chance. 

In the second half Murray popped up again to make it 3-0 from close range after McCrea could only palm a dangerous Ryan McGerrigan cross into his path. 

With a minute remaining a goalbound shot from Murray was saved by the hands of Comber defender Peter Kelly who was immediately red carded by Dungannon whistler Lee Taverner. Murray confidently scored the resultant spot-kick tucked.