Armagh Ladies prepared for Meath meeting

Following their recent league and provincial success, it’s onto the All-Ireland series now for the Armagh Ladies.

They host Meath on Saturday afternoon, in the BOX-IT Athletic Grounds, hoping to kickstart their campaign with a win.

They will have to do it without Aimee Mackin of course, who is sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Mackin suffered the dreaded ACL injury during Armagh’s dramatic Ulster final victory over Donegal.

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Even with Mackin off the field, the Orchard County still had enough quality to come out on top after extra time. They had a single point to spare once the referee had called for the ball.

That was three weeks ago now, so Gregory McGonigle’s girls have had plenty of time to turn their attentions to Meath.

Following their recent league and provincial success, it’s onto the All-Ireland series now for the Armagh Ladies.

The Royals, who lost the Leinster final to Dublin. are going to be without their own superstar, as Vikki Wall is unavailable.

Still, Meath have enough knowhow and experience to cause Armagh plenty of headaches on Saturday.

Plus, former Armagh manager Shane McCormack, who stepped down last season, is in charge of Meath.

He’ll know the Orchard girls inside out, but that inside knowledge didn’t do Meath much good in the league.

Armagh earned a 10-point win, with Mackin and Kelly Mallon hitting 1-4 apiece, on their way to capturing a first ever Division One league title.

While Aimee Mackin is set to miss out, Blaithin Mackin could be in line to make her first appearance of 2024.

She suffered a MCL injury at the start of the season and missed out on Armagh’s league and championship success.

Following their recent league and provincial success, it’s onto the All-Ireland series now for the Armagh Ladies.
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Louise Kenny, a Shane O’Neill’s clubmate of the Mackin sisters, will also miss out having suffered a shoulder injury in the Ulster final.

Armagh and Meath haven’t met in the championship since 2022, when the sides drew 0-8 each.

Meath went on to win the All-Ireland that season, backing up surprising All-Ireland success from one year previous.

Armagh already have a clean sweep of titles from the competitions they’ve been in. Saturday’s clash will be a real test of their All-Ireland credentials.

The senior game is a curtain raiser for the u14 All-Ireland final as Armagh take on Derry at 4pm.