End of Year Review – Armagh Ladies

The Armagh Ladies have been one of the best teams in the country over the last few years and they showed that again in 2022.

They’ll be disappointed with how their league finished, without promotion, as they were in a great position against Kerry.

Massive victories over Tyrone, Monaghan, Cavan and Laois set up a Division Two decider with the Kingdom.

And even though the Orchard played a lot of good football, it was Kerry who earned promotion to the topflight.

Photo Credit: Brendan Monaghan

Ulster Championship

The Ulster Championship followed, and the ladies continued their dominance in the province. Another huge win over Monaghan set up a finale with Donegal.

It was an incredible game and was finely balanced right up until the very end. It even needed extra time to decider a win.

Eventually it was Armagh, thanks to a late Kelly Mallon goal, who just got over the line and claimed their third Ulster title on the trot.

Armagh displayed skill, quality and a never say die attitude and deservingly got their reward in the end.

All-Ireland series

They were dealt a tough championship group, which included All-Ireland champions Meath, the side that ended Armagh’s run in 2021.

Their clash with the Royals ended all square and another win over Monaghan, the third of the season, secured Armagh’s place in the quarter-finals.

It was Kerry once again standing in front of Armagh and unfortunately for the ladies, the result ended up the same.

The two teams played out a thrilling contest, but the Munster ladies did enough once more to see the game out, four points the difference in the end.

Photo Credit: Brendan Monaghan

2023 will be another big year for Armagh as they continue on their upward trajectory, under new manager Shane McCormack.

The league has reverted to the normal seven-team structure and promotion will once again be a main objective.

Armagh remain up there with the best and they’ll be determined to prove that once again in 2023.

Photo Credit: Brendan Monaghan