Armagh out to make amends against Mayo

When the draw for the group stages was made prior to the championship, both Armagh and Mayo knew that it could come to this.

Tyrone offered the Orchard County plenty of problems, but not enough to put the result in question while they failed to raise much of a fight against Mayo.

The Westerners were much the better side and ran out easy victors in the end, with Sarah Rowe leading the way to a 4-17 to 0-4 win.

Armagh didn’t have it as easy, but they did get to display their unbelievable attacking quality both days out against the Red Hand County.

Across the two games, Armagh tallied up a hugely impressive 10-30 to get them now within one game of a semi-final.

This weekend’s encounter is essentially a quarter final, with the winners heading through to the last four having topped the group.

It’s a repeat of last years meeting, which Mayo edged through by three points to claim their spot in the semis.

Armagh handed their opponents a strong start, with Mayo racing into an early 0-6 to 0-1 lead, but the Orchard County did get themselves back in the game.

Both sides have huge attacking talent, and the aforementioned Rowe is the main scorer in the green and red.

The quality forward racked up a remarkable personal tally of 2-9 against Tyrone and hit 1-3 against Armagh last season.

Of course, Aimee Mackin wasn’t on the field when the sides clashed last year, having already tore her ACL by that stage.

The Shane O’Neill’s star is back fighting fit and ready for action and she could be the one to get Armagh over the line.

Caroline O’Hanlon is still one of the best in the business while Blaithin Mackin, Kelly Mallon and Aoife McCoy all offer huge threats to the Mayo goal.

Clodagh McCambridge, who we spoke to during the week, is their rock-solid full back while Sarah Marley and Anna Carr will assist at the back.

Read back our interview with Clodagh McCambridge!

Armagh will not want their season to end in Parnell Park on Saturday evening and they know they are good enough to get over the line.

If they can get enough quality ball into their attackers, and limit the influence of the Mayo forward line, they have an awesome chance of reaching the last four.

It won’t be easy of course, and Mayo will be confident in their own ability to get over the line and continue their 2020 season.

We could witness a good old-fashioned shootout and whoever’s attackers on our song will lead the way to victory.