McMurray is the difference.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

ANNALONG travelled to high-flying Armagh Blues and after the performance of the season, came away with the three points

Armagh Blues...1

The home side were quick out of the blocks and put the Mourne men under pressure and their efforts paid dividends when, with five minutes gone, they sliced open the visitors' defence to go oneup.

Annalong gradually worked their way into the game and Stephen Burden equalised on the half hour when he coolly rounded the keeper and slammed the ball home. Jason McCulla and Mark Newell both went close as Armagh held on until half-time.

The second half saw Annalong's best performance of the season. The defence held firm and Burden, McCulla, Newell and Andrew McCallister all came close to putting them ahead.

Then with 25 minutes remaining player-manager pulled off a masterstroke when he brought on Ryan McMurray after a three-month lay-off with a knee injury and it didn't take long for his class to show.

After good work by Newell, McMurray seized the ball in the box and composed himself to find the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Shortly after this McMurray was causing more problems for the Armagh defence and he was hauled down when clean through on goal.

Captain Stephen Burden coolly slotted home the spot kick to give the visitors a well-deserved win.

Armagh threw everything at Annalong in the final ten minutes but the visitors' defence held firm with Gareth Graham rolling back the years to put in a man-of-the-match performance.


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