Camogs clash with Cavan for All-Ireland final spot

It’s semi-final time for the Armagh Camogs as they take on Cavan for a place in the Junior All-Ireland final.

It’s a repeat of the 2020 decider where the Orchard Ladies overcame a really stiff test to see out a three-point triumph in the end.

Armagh made back-to-back appearances in the decider last season but found Wexford a tough nut to crack.

This weekend they have the opportunity to reach their third All-Ireland final in a row but must see off Cavan first.

Both side have enjoyed great runs to the last four. Armagh have yet to taste defeat through the entire campaign.

Huge wins over Limerick, Down, Roscommon set Jim McKernan’s girls in good stead heading into the final round.

They had a much tougher examination the last day out. Antrim, who are in the other semi-final, pushed them all the way but Armagh eventually saw out a two-point win.

Cavan likewise have enjoyed a number of victories, but none as convincing as Armagh’s to date. They’ve beaten Tipperary, Waterford and Mayo and lost to Clare in the last round.

Armagh and Cavan battle for an All-Ireland final place
Photo Credit: John Merry

The sides have already shared the field of play once this season as they clash in the opening round of the league.

As usual when these teams cross paths, it was a tight and tense affair with the Breffni Blues just sneaking through by the minimum of margins.

Jim McKernan has named his side to take on Cavan, led my joint captains Gemma McCann and Michelle McArdle.

Ciarrai Devlin as always will wear the number one shirt and Nicola Woods will dictate the last line of defence.

McCann, Eimear Hayes and Tierna Maguire form a solid half back line while Leanne Donnelly partners McArdle at centerfield.

The half forward line is led by former Cork camog Jennifer Curry. She’ll have Sinead Quinn and Ellie McKee beside her for company.

There’s lots of scores on the inside line which consists of Eimear Smyth, Ciara Donnelly and Rachael Merry.

If Armagh hit form and find their stride, they should me their third All-Ireland final in as many years.