Armagh City progressed through to the final of the Bob Radcliffe Cup after upsetting holders Loughgall FC in the semi-final. Loughgall started the brighter side with Justin Bradley setting Mark Carson through on goal but he shot wide. Bradley himself had a couple of chances both after good play by strike partner Aaron Haire but after failing to convert their chances Loughgall were hit on the break by Armagh City on 23min with Stephen Murray breaking free on left and squaring the ball to former Loughgall winger Shea McGerrigan who slotted home 1-0. Armagh scored again a few minutes later via Darragh Noonan who struck home from 20 yards giving McArdle no chance. Gareth Grimley wasted a good chance before the break after finding space on right side .
In the 2nd half after the introduction of Wes Boyle, Loughgall started putting pressure on Armagh and eventually got one back through Niall Lavery who’s left footed strike from 25 yards was too good for keeper Morgan, Loughgall were now pushing for the equaliser, and their best chance came on 86min via a free-kick from Lavery but it drifted wide and indeed late on in injury time McArdle made a good stop from Murray. Armagh took the honours in this derby encounter and will face Dollingstown in the final on Boxing Day.
Loughgall: Jamie McArdle, Declan McVeigh, Mark Stewart, Jonny Montgomery, Jeff Brady, Niall Lavery, Mark Carson, Steven Ferguson(c), Aaron Haire, Justin Bradley, Daniel Ryan.
Subs – Wesley Boyle(Ryan 62min), Simon Foster, Daryl Flanagan, Jude Ballard, Steven Herron
Armagh: Sean Morgan, Dale Montgomery, Paul Carville, Ultan Lennon, Darragh Noonan, Matthew Hynds, Gareth Grimley, Liam Cullen, Stephen Murray, Philip Donnelly, Shea McGerrigan
Subs – Ryan McGerrigan, John Daly, Philip Mcbirney, Sean Mallon, Marc Davidson