Ladies ready for Roscommon trip

Armagh make the long journey west this weekend as they travel to Roscommon for the second round of the NFL.

Shane McCormack’s ladies got their campaign up and running last weekend, with a round one win over Cavan.

Two second half goals from Aoife McCoy and Aoife Lennon made all the difference. Those majors left the Orchard County 2-8 to 0-5 ahead by full-time.

Armagh will hope to continue that winning trend as they target promotion from Division Two.

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Roscommon suffered defeat on the opening day as they fell to Tyrone by three points, 1-12 to 1-15.

The game was tied at the interval, 0-7 apiece, but the Red Hand ladies pushed on after the turnaround.

Six points was the difference heading down the stretch, but Roscommon captain Laura Fleming netted just before the final whistle sounded.

Roscommon were promoted to Division Two last year and will battle to secure their status in the second tier.

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Recent history

It’s been 11 years since Armagh and Roscommon crossed paths in the league, meeting in round two of 2012 campaign.

Armagh were much the better side and powered to an eight-point half time lead, going ahead 0-10 to 0-2.

Three second half goals from the Orchard County saw the gap grow to 13 points by the end of the game.

Armagh netted 60 seconds after the turnaround, with corner forward Ciara Lennon raising a green flag.

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Sinead McCleary and substitute Sinead McPartland added further three-pointers to add to Roscommon’s woes.

A similar win would do for Armagh this weekend, and they’ll certainly hold the favourites tag heading into the game.

They’re currently joint top of the league, after one round, sitting second behind Laois only on score difference.

Armagh tried a number of fresh faces last weekend and could do the same on Sunday, but their starting team is likely to be another strong line-up.