Captain Clodagh thrilled to get over the line

Clodagh McCambridge captained Armagh to an extra time victory over Donegal on Sunday as the Orchard County claimed the Ulster title.

It was a nip and tuck affair, with Donegal coming back late in normal to hit 1-1 and force extra time.

It was point for point in extra time too, but Armagh got the final score through substitute Niamh Reel to win the game.

“It’s a bit surreal, that game could have gone either way,” said McCambridge after the full-time whistle.

“I suppose our last couple of games against Donegal have been that close and we expected no less. We’re delighted to be over the line and to gain an Ulster title again is just brilliant for this group of girls.”

Donegal overcame Armagh in the decider last year, so McCambridge and her teammates expected a tight clash.

“Even with us competing in Division One and them in Division Two, we’ve beaten them on occasions when they’re in Division One and we’re in Division Two. So, league performances don’t really matter at the end of the day.

“The fact that they got over us last year when we were favourites, they just were so much better prepared than we were, so we definitely didn’t underestimate them.

“We just knew we had to come out and be as prepared as we were. It was going to take a massive performance to get over the line today and to prove that.”

Clodagh McCambridge captained Armagh to an extra time victory over Donegal on Sunday as the Orchard County claimed the Ulster title.

All-Ireland series

It’s on to the All-Ireland series now and Armagh have been drawn into the same group as Meath and Tipperary.

“You can’t underestimate the confidence a bit of silverware brings to a group,” added the Clann Eireann defender.

“That was a tough game. If we had of lost you were probably into a group with some very tough teams, not that we’re not going into a group of tough teams as it is.

“We’re going in with former All-Ireland winners Meath and Tipperary, who have some quality players as well. We know we’re going to be going in for a tough battle. But I think going in as top seeds definitely brings a lot of confidence.

“I think the girls are really looking forward to it at this stage. It was that long without a game so a couple of more games wouldn’t go amiss now. But hopefully a game like that today will really stand us then going into those tougher games.”

Clodagh McCambridge captained Armagh to an extra time victory over Donegal on Sunday as the Orchard County claimed the Ulster title.