Adam Metcalfe from stepped up and slotted home a decisive penalty kick as County Armagh turned the tables on Alset Colombia to win 2-1 in their Premier section clash on Tuesday night.
Metcalfe started the match as a substitute but made a major impact by completing a superb comeback from County Armagh.
First-half chances arrived for the Orchard County boys but Alset grabbed the first goal to hold control at half-time.
Nedas Maciulaitis had two efforts bounce off the post, with both Caolan Marron and Andrew Wilson frustrated by the crossbar.
A formation switch to 3-5-2 from 4-4-2 helped County Armagh claim the upper hand in the second half.
Pressure was rewarded with a superb overhead kick by Connor Murtagh to level the match before Metcalfe made his mark from the spot.
“We watched Alset on the first day and, as expected, found a side good on the ball with plenty of skill,” said Brendan Grimes, the County Armagh Premier manager. “We should have been 4-0 up in the first half but went into the interval 1-0 down.
“The formation change helped us out and it is great to get that first win of the week.
“We lost on Monday but put in a great shift and continued that work-rate on against Alset to get the result.”
COUNTY ARMAGH PREMIER: Matthew Leyburn, Brendan Litter, Shea Geraghty, Eoin Toal, Connor Murtagh, Andrew Wilson, Patrick McPartland, Ryan Lewsley, Reese McInerney, Caolan Marron, Nedas Maciulaitis. Subs (used): Scott Megaw, Mark Johnston, Adam Metcalfe.
Earlier Co Armagh Junior boys lost 2-1 to Co Tyrone.
County Tyrone raced clear by 2-0 thanks to a second-half goal double off the back of strong work before the break.
The Orchard County boys pushed hard in the closing stages and Alberto Balde displayed strength and composure to win possession, retain the ball under pressure and produce the finish.
However, County Tyrone managed to protect the lead until the final whistle.
“They probably won more of the battles and certainly had us on the backfoot in the first half,” said Dean McCullough, chairman of the County Armagh Milk Cup Association. “Alberto scored a good goal, Barney McKeown tested the goalkeeper in the first half and Mark Lucas came close late on.”
COUNTY ARMAGH JUNIOR: Tyler Boyce, Cathal McGinty, Daniel McKeown, Sam Murphy, Robbie McAteer, Josh Megoran, Oisin Smyth, Luke Wilson, Declan O’Neill, Tom Weir, Barney McKeown. Subs (used): Alberto Balde, Ben Davison, Darragh Gray, Mark Lucas.