2023 End of Year Review – Armagh Camogs

Armagh once again came so close to claiming the National League title but just came up short on the final day.

Having blitzed all before them in the build-up, the Orchard Camogs headed to the league final in good form.

Armagh hammered Mayo in the opening round of the league before seeing off Kildare and Tyrone as well.

Eight points was the difference in the semi-final as Armagh advanced to the decider at the expense of Roscommon.

But unfortunately, things didn’t work out on the day. Carlow edged past Sean Hughes’ side by the minimum of margins.

After a low-scoring affair, the Leinster ladies nipped ahead at just the right time to win 0-8 to 0-7 in the end.

Armagh once again came so close to claiming the National League title but just came up short on the final day.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Armagh tasted another defeat in the Ulster Championship semi-final, this time against Cavan on home soil.

Once more, one-point was the difference as the Breffni Blues earned their spot in the final, winning 2-12 to 2-11.

Come the All-Ireland series however, Armagh found their groove once again and dismissed Mayo in convincing fashion.

Limerick were next to fall at the feet of the girls in orange and white. The Orchard County handed out another hammering.

A third win on the trot, this time against Offaly, saw Armagh top their group and advance to the knockout stages.

Armagh once again came so close to claiming the National League title but just came up short on the final day.
Photo Credit: John Merry

Clare stood between Armagh and another All-Ireland final appearance and despite hitting the net twice, it was Clare who came out on top.

With ten minutes left on the clock, Armagh held a five-point lead and looked set to reach another decider.

Jennifer Curry and Eimear Smyth both rattled the net while Rachael Merry finished the game with 0-10.

It wasn’t to be however as the Banner County finished stronger in the end, seeing out a one-point win.

The recent success of Crossmaglen and Granemore at club level can only be a good sign for Armagh and they’ll be hopeful of landing some silverware in 2024.