2023 End of Year Review – Armagh Ladies

The Armagh Ladies gained some new silverware in 2023 but lost their grip on the Ulster crown after reaching their fourth final in a row.

For a number of years now, the Orchard County have been battling hard to get out of Division Two, and they achieved that objective this year.

A league final in 2022 was the closest they had come, but Kerry spoiled the party in Croke Park.

However, the Orchard Ladies were more determined than ever this year and set out their stall right from the beginning.

Seven wins on the trot secured their place in the showpiece once again, where they’d face the challenge of Laois.

The Armagh Ladies gained some new silverware but lost their Ulster title in what was an up and down season.
Photo Credit: Brendan Monaghan

It was a tight encounter for Armagh, but a certain Aimee Mackin stole the show with a hattrick of goals.

That saw Shane McCormack’s girls climb the steps of the Hogan Stand and secure their spot in the top tier.

Ulster Championship wins over Donegal and Cavan saw Armagh stretch their winning streak to nine on the bounce.

But number ten was to be denied in the final. Armagh, chasing four in a row of Ulster titles, fell at the final hurdle.

Donegal gained revenge not only for the opening round, but for the previous two finals which Armagh won after extra time.

It just didn’t work out for the ladies that day, but the All-Ireland series provided another shot at redemption.

The Armagh Ladies gained some new silverware but lost their Ulster title in what was an up and down season.
Photo Credit: Brendan Monaghan

Armagh topped their group with back-to-back wins over Laois and Mayo to march straight through to the last eight.

There they faced Cork and despite a real battling performance, the Orchard Ladies season came to an end.

Shane McCormack decided to step away from his role as manager following just one season in charge.

Greg McGonigle, who recently guided Clann Eireann Ladies to an Ulster title, has taken over at the helm.

Armagh will be keen to hold onto their top tier status and recapture their Ulster title once the championship swings into gear.