Mallon relieved to see off Donegal

Donegal and Armagh games tend to go down to the wire, so Kelly Mallon was expecting no different in Clones on Sunday.

With time almost up, Dearbhla Coleman put the Orchard Ladies four-points ahead and it looked like the job had been done.

But Donegal fought back with a sucker punch goal an equalising score to bring the game to extra time.

“You never really think it’s over until it’s over,” said Mallon, who scored 0-2 in Armagh’s one-point victory.

“If we were on the other side of that, we’d think we could still win the game or at least draw the game.

“So no, it’s never over, unfortunately, with these types of games. But I suppose you could say we were comfortable going into the stretch.”

Extra time

Extra time posed it’s own questions and former Orchard skipper Mallon was just delighted to get over the line.

“I don’t really know how to feel. I think the girls are just completely exhausted,” added the Armagh Harps attacker. “It was very warm, and it was really difficult for the girls in the two periods of ten minutes.

“It was tit for tat and if it had gone another couple of minutes, Donegal might have got another point. That was just that type of game and we were just lucky enough to see it out in the end.

Donegal and Armagh games tend to go down to the wire, so Kelly Mallon was expecting no different in Clones on Sunday.
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“It seems to be the way the games against Donegal fare out, but they play a really defensive style of football and we struggled to break that down today.

“So, credit to them for keeping it tight at the back but we got them on the counter a few times. I think that’s when we were most effective.

“And then we showed a bit of patience at times as well. So, definitely we’re very happy to get the win.

“But there’s certainly a lot to work on and I’m sure management will be scratching their heads about a few things.”