Home advantage key for Armagh

Home advantage will be key for the Armagh Ladies this weekend as they face Cavan in round two of the league.

They host the Breffni Blues in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday and look to build on their winning start.

Armagh defeated Tyrone quite easily in their opening round last weekend, with 11 points to spare in the end.

Also played on home turf in Wolfe Tones, the Orchard netted five times in an impressive attacking display, winning 5-9 to 1-10 in the end.

Catherine Marley, Aoife McCoy, Aimee Mackin, Blaithin Mackin and Niamh Reel all raised green flags. In total, seven players got their names on the scoresheet.

Aimee Mackin continued her brilliant form from the previous few years and top scored with 1-5.

Ronan Murphy rang the changes at half time, with his side well ahead, and gave plenty of panel member game time.

Kelly Mallon, Caroline O’Hanlon and Alex Clarke, all guaranteed starters, didn’t feature at all last weekend.

Armagh will hope home advantage can see them through this weekend
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Previous meeting

Cavan on the other hand started their 2022 league campaign with a defeat. Monaghan just sneaked past their opponents by the minimum of margins.

That sees the Breffni ladies sit joint bottom of Division 2B, along with Tyrone, after round one. They’ll hope to pick up their first points of the season on Sunday.

And they’ll be confident in their ability to do so as well. Cavan triumphed the last time these sides crossed paths.

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That was in the final round of last season’s league and that defeat ruled Armagh out of a semi-final spot.

One point separated the sides that afternoon in Breffni Park, with Cavan winning 2-12 to 1-14 in the end.

With home advantage and the goal of promotion fairly in their sights, Armagh should have enough to get through this one.

A win on Sunday would all but confirm their place in the semi-finals ahead of their round three clash against Monaghan.