Caledon lift Armstrong Cup for first time

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Caledon lift Armstrong Cup for first time thumbnail Caledon Rovers celebrate lifting the Armstrong Cup

CALEDON once again contested the prestigious Armstrong Cup as part of their pre-season schedule and lifted the trophy for the first time in the club's history against perennial Intermediate A challengers Tandragee Rovers.

Caledon Rovers...2
Tandragee Rovers...1


Rovers' path to the final saw them see off Markethill Swifts Reserves in the first round before in the quarter final they went down on penalties to Richhill AFC after drawing 2-2 but they were rather fortunate to be reinstated when Richhill's circumstance meant they could not field in the resulting semi final.

This left Caledon the opportunity to see off intermediate side Laurelvale and they duly did so 4-1.

Caledon entered the final as underdogs, however, they were confident their pre-season form could see them pull off a shock result.

Tandragee had the better of the opening exchanges with their striker going close with a half volley from a narrow angle and a glancing header but on both occasions they failed to trouble Dynes in the Caledon goal.

Caledon took the lead when pressure from McMahon saw the ball break to Ashley Elliott, whose powerful shot was parried out only as far as Little who then set-up Robb to slot home from the edge of the area.

Tandragee hit back on the half hour when their left winger cut in from the left and saw his cross evade Dynes and nestle into the top corner for the equaliser.

The second half saw Caledon have the first opportunity when Little latched on to a through ball but he failed to lift the ball over the advancing keeper.

Tandragee continued to dominate possession but created few chances.

The introduction of Maguire on the hour mark had an immediate impact when he flicked on a throw in to Little who steered his header into the corner of the net to give Caledon the lead once a g ain.

Tandragee continued to pressurise but Caledon's defence held firm and indeed they could have extended their lead with Maguire, Gordon and McNally all going close Caledon held on in the end to secure a memorable victory for the club.

MOTM: Jonny Elliott


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