Junior All-Ireland – Quarter Final
Limerick vs Armagh
Saturday 21st Aug – Westmeath – 3.00pm
Defeat to Wexford cost Armagh a semi-final berth, but they can still make it with a win this weekend.
They travel to Westmeath on Saturday to take on Limerick, in a winner takes all quarter final tie.
The Intermediate Ulster champions started brightly last weekend and will be happy with a lot of their display.
Ciara Donnelly was once again the star of the show, while Ciara Hill and Eimear Hayes also performed well.
Wexford have proven to be Armagh’s kryptonite this season. If Mattie Lennon’s side are to achieve back-to-back All-Ireland glory, they may have to meet the Yellow Bellies down the line.
Attention will have quickly turned to this weekend however, and these two sides won’t be so familiar with each other.
Limerick are unbeaten in the All-Ireland series, having topped their group with two wins from two.
Victories over Ulster duo Cavan and Down saw the Treaty County reach the quarter finals and the draw pinned them against another northern opponent.
A combined 5-24 across their two group games suggests Armagh are facing a side that know where the posts are.
Bernie Murray, Orlagh Murray, McSorley and Eimear Smyth will be up top in support of the in-form Ciara Donnelly.
Rachael Merry was a big miss the last day out and her absence could prove costly in the weeks ahead.
The Granemore attacker picked up an injury before the Wexford game and will miss the remainder of the season.
The addition of Ciara Hill to the Armagh forward half line brought lots of energy around the middle to help Michelle McArdle and Leanne Donnelly.
Eimear Hayes is the rock of the defence and shot forward to raise a white flag last weekend.
Aisling Harvey performed well in the full back line along with Nicola Woods and Stephanie Curry.
Armagh’s fire power could be enough to see them over the line and the 2020 champions will hope to continue their title defence.