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On song Dollingstown savour second Bob Radcliffe Cup success over Armagh City

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Dollingstown goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan produced a man of match performance in their Bob Radcliffe Cup final victory over Armagh City

Dollingstown goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan produced a man of match performance in their Bob Radcliffe Cup final victory over Armagh City

Dollingstown goalkeeper Gareth Buchanan produced a man of match performance in their Bob Radcliffe Cup final victory over Armagh City

Armagh City 0 Dollingstown 2

Dollingstown have won the Bob Radcliffe Cup for the second time in the club’s history after a 2-0 win over Armgh City.

The club first won the trophy back in 2016, when they beat Coagh United in the final, and have now added a second success, denying Armagh back-to-back wins in the competition that dates back to the 1970s.

Armagh’s Conor Mullen forced an early save out of Gareth Buchanan, who also had to stop from Marc McConnell and early substitute Shea Geraghty during a tight first half.

Then just a few minutes before the break came the key moment as former Glenavon and Portadown forward Gary Liggett forced the ball home after a free-kick delivery from the right dropped inside the area.

Armagh threatened to hit back immediately when Mullen was put through by McConnell by Buchanan did enough to slow the shot enough for Dollybirds captain Jake Redpath to clear off the line. McConnell blasted another effort wide for City in the opening phases of the second half while Dermot McCaffrey had a header blocked.

As City continued to push for a leveller, Dollingstown raced away for an injury-time clincher from Mark McCabe.

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