Armagh Ladies taste first league defeat

Armagh 1-4 Dublin 6-10

The Armagh Ladies suffered their first defeat of the National League campaign against Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

Armagh fielded a weakened side with a number of regulars left on the substitute bench.

The likes of Aimee Mackin, Caroline O’Hanlon and Aoife McCoy earned a well deserved day off following Armagh’s phenomenal form so far.

Greg McGonigle’s side have already qualified for the Division One league final having won their first six outings.

But Dublin were in no mood for messing. They got off to a quick start with a goal from Hannah Tyrrell coming inside the opening minutes.

Carla Rowe and Grace Ko’s raised white flags before Niamh Hetherton kicked a second goal for the visiting side.

Orlagh Nolan claimed Dublin’s third major of a game that was just six minutes old. Rowe added a point to give them a 12-point advantage.

Kelly Mallon finally got the Orchard County up and running with two pointed frees but the Dubs shot back with another goal from Rowe.

Tyrrell and Rowe added further scores before Mallon slotted over her point of the day with a third converted free.

Dublin finished with a flurry and carried a 16-point lead into the half time break, 4-7 to 0-3.

Mallon, Armagh’s only scorer in the opening period, grew her personal tally to 1-4 with a goal and a point at the start of the second half.

Dublin replied instantly as Niamh Crowley raised a green flag before Jennifer Dunne slotted over a further point for Mick Bohan’s ladies.

The Dubs struck two more goals before the finish through Chloe Darby and Annabelle Timothy to see them ahead by 31 at full time.

It’s on to the league final now for the Orchard Ladies who will be out in Croke Park in two week’s, Sunday 7 April.

Armagh scorers: Kelly Mallon 1-4 (4f).

The Armagh Ladies suffered their first defeat of the National League campaign against Dublin on Saturday afternoon
Photo Credit: Brendan Monaghan