Cavan a “tough” challenge says McCambridge

Clodagh McCambridge has been the rock of the Armagh defence for the past few years and has developed into one of the best in the business.

The Clann Eireann full back, who joined The Sideline Eye podcast this week, hopes to lead the Orchard Ladies to their second win in as many games.

Ronan Murphy’s side opened their campaign with a 5-9 to 1-10 win over Tyrone. This week, they host Cavan in their refixed round two clash.

McCambridge wore the number three jersey last year when the Breffni Blues saw out a one-point win. That basically ended Armagh’s promotion hopes.

The 2020 All-Star hopes her side can make amends. “We travelled to Breffni (Park) last year, beaten by a point and it’s tough going to play Cavan in Cavan. It’s a fortress for them.”

“They’re going to be in the situation that this is going to be a must win game for them as well. I think they were beaten in their first round.”

“They’re going to come at us with everything. But at the same time it’s an opportunity to make amends for last year.”

“Hopefully, we’ll get a win that will put us in a strong position to get to a semi-final which would be great.”

Clodagh McCambridge in action against Cavan last year
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“We’ll be expecting a tough game. Cavan are great at retaining possession, getting turnovers and running at you from deep.”

“It’s just something that we’re going to have to prefer for but we’re really looking forward to it.”

Promotion push

If Armagh can get a win, they’ll go top of the table. The victory will also confirm their spot in the last four, which is the target for McCambridge and her teammates.

“It would be great to get that win and then you’ve got a bit of comfort that you’re pretty much guaranteed a semi-final position. It takes a bit of the pressure off.”

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“Obviously, we’ll go out to win every game and if you ended up in a semi-final as a result of that, that’s just an added bonus.”

Winning breeds confidence and confidence makes you feel good. Everyone’s just really enjoying their football at the minute.”

“I think that just encourages good play and even better results. Everyone’s looking forward to the season ahead.”

“Preseason’s gone really well and we’re just getting the chance to go out and show what we’ve been working on over the past few months.”