Ladie’s league semi set for Mullingar
Armagh’s ladies National League semi-final against Tipperary will take place in St Loman’s Park, Mullingar on Sunday (2pm).
With competition rules requiring the drawing of lots to determine placings rather than applying points difference as the criteria when three teams finished level, Longford got lucky with a bye into the semis.
Tipperary claimed the last spot thanks to a one-point play-off victory against a Leitrim team which was top of the table after winning their first four fixtures but ended up missing out on a semi-final place.
Having topped the table on the back of six straight wins, the Orchard outfit remain hot tips for promotion but needed a late free from captain Caroline O’Hanlon to beat Tipperary by a point in Silverbridge a few weeks ago.
However, Armagh were without two of their most experienced players that day in squad skipper Mags McAlinden and her Clann Eireann club colleague Sinead McCleary, while another stalwart Sharon Reel went off midway through the first half injured.
It is hoped all three will be available for selection come the semi-final, leaving manager Daly with a few difficult choices thanks to the fact others have stepped up and performed well during the league campaign.
Armagh Harps youngster Siobhan Feeney joined the ranks of fresh faces making their mark when she scored a debut goal as Daly’s ladies won 2-9 to 0-8 in Longford to confirm top spot.
Meanwhile, Armagh Minor girls backed up the good work of the senior side so far this season in recording an emphatic away win against Down in very wet conditions in Downpatrick, where it rained throughout the match.
The blossoming Orchard crop established a two-point interval lead which would have been more but for the heroics of the home ‘keeper and then cut loose in the second half with the entire team working extremely hard both in attack and defence to run out winners by the impressive margin of 11 points.
The 5-10 to 2-8 win by the Minors wasn’t replicated in Bailieborough where Armagh’s Under 14s couldn’t take advantage of having a very strong wind behind them in the opening half against Cavan.
Armagh’s youngsters did demonstrate considerable skill and determination in playing some great football and tackling hard to keep their hosts pinned back, but when the teams turned around Cavan took much better advantage of the elements and ran out easy winners in the end.
The task for Armagh was made more difficult by something of an injury crisis, which caused considerable disruption including regular full back Leanne Lennon having to don the goal-keeping gloves for the entire game.
ARMAGH MINORS: A Carr; C McGill, L Kenny, K Garvey; M Sheridan, M Cannon, L Sheridan; E Murray, E Lavery; B Quinn, D Wright, N Donaghy; A McMahon, N McKenna, E Murphy.
ARMAGH U14 PANEL: Cait Towe, Aimee Keenan, Lauren Diamond, Jessica Watters, Ciara Jones, Leanne Lennon, Blaithin Mackin, Katie Boyle, Sophie Kelly, Aine Devlin, Caella Casey, Frances Keenan, Jordan Carr, Lisa McGuigan, Niamh McAliskey, Elisha Donnelly, Lauren O’Gorman, Grainne Cromie, Niamh Reel, Lauren Fox, Catriona Muldoon.
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