Armagh City march on in Cup after beating Newtowne at Holm Park

Andrew Hoey
Andrew Hoey

Armagh C 3 Newtowne 0

Armagh City blasted their way into the last 16 of the Irish Cup with a comprehensive win over junior outfit Newtowne at Holm Park on Saturday.

And they received a brilliant reward for their efforts when drawn away to Glentoran in the sixth round of the tournament.

City were always in control against Newtowne and took a deserved lead on 26 minutes when new signing Andrew Hoey headed home after an inch-perfect cross from the right.

The Holm Park outfit doubled their tally five minutes before the break when a superb 20-yard free-kick from Gary Boyle flew into the top corner of the net past outstretched ‘keeper Dean McInnes.

Armagh were even more dominant after the break but squandered a number of gilt-edged chances through ex-Warrenpoint striker Marty Havern, Boyce and man-of-the-match Philip Donnelly.

The home side wrapped the match up, however, on 82 minutes when Havern blasted a 15-yard shot effort over McInnes for the all-important insurance score.

Armagh City: Morgan, Montgomery, McGerrigan, Grimley, Noonan, Moore, Havern, Cullen, Boyle, Donnelly, Hoey. Subs: McQuade, Quinn, McNamee, Judge, Larkin.

Newtowne: McInnes, O’Reillly, Twist, McGregor, Donnell, McCloskey, King, Logue, Duddy, McIvor, McIlmoyle. Moore, Doran, Gilfillan, Duffy.

Ref: Chris Morrison.