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Cleary is Arm-ed for the fight at City

By Richard Stewart

Published 01/10/2007

Armagh City's on-loan midfield ace Sean Cleary has unreservedly immersed himself in his adopted team's fight for the prize that is a place in the new Premier League next season.

The player who joined City from Cliftonville grabbed an equalising goal in the 2-2 draw with Crusaders at Holm Park.

And he was not hiding his feelings when he declared: "We should have won the game. We were the better team and we should have had all three points.

"This is a good Armagh City team and they can do well this season."

Substitute Conor Forker capitalised on a goalkeeping blunder by Crusaders' Greg Shannon in the 89th minute to secure City's first point of the season.

After two very similar deflected goals for each side - Eamon Doherty scoring in the second minute for Crusaders and Cleary for City in the 33rd minute - substitute Darren Lockhart looked to have secured Crusaders first win with a 60th minute strike.

Shannon's failure to catch a menacing cross from Mark Gracey gifted Forker the equaliser at the death.

Crues boss Stephen Baxter, while disappointed with the result, wasn't about to hang his goalkeeper out to dry.

"I feel sorry from Greg Shannon. To drop a ball out of the air like that at this level is not good and he will have a tough time with that," said Baxter.

" He made two stunning saves earlier so you have to consider that also.

"We have a point on the board now, away from home you pick up a point you've got to be happy with that.

"Hats off to Armagh though, they played particularly well, worked exceptionally hard all over the park, competed well and their never say die attitude got them a point in the end."

Belfast Telegraph

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