McConville chuffed to help create history

Lauren McConville put in a Player of the Match performance as Armagh captured the Division One NFL title for the first time ever.

The Crossmaglen dual star has been a consistent performer at centre half back over the past few years.

McConville made her 100th Armagh appearance during the campaign and topped it off with a superb display at Croke Park.

“It’s amazing, it’s just class,” McConville told TG4 after the Orchard County defeat Kerry in the decider.

“It was such a tough game, and it was so good to come out on top of a game like that. It’s a really special occasion for us.

“The support has been amazing leading up to the game and amazing here today. It means the world to us, and it gives us good momentum now going into the championship.”

Photo Credit: Colin Molloy

Second half

The sides were all square at half time, drawing 1-4 apiece, with Niamh Coleman rattled the net for Armagh.

McConville insists the Orchard County had more in them and that was the main motivation for the second period.

Aimee Mackin raised a second green flag and while Armagh were never comfortable, they held Kerry at arm’s length in the second period.

“I think coming in at half time we knew that we had more to give,” added McConville. “We wanted to go out and put in more of a performance.

“We’ve trained hard for this, and we probably felt we didn’t really do ourselves justice at half time. That was a real motivator coming out for the second half.

“Even though we did get a bit of a lead up, you never felt like you were in the clear. Kerry put a lot of pressure on us.

“I think we were just lucky that we kept the scoreboard ticking over and that’s what got us over the line in the end.”

Photo Credit: Colin Molloy