Armagh rally to overcome Royals

Armagh 3-9 Meath 1-14

Armagh left it late, but a Niamh Coleman goal helped them pick up an opening day win in the All-Ireland series. They were all square with Meath when Coleman punched home their third goal to see the hosts win by one.

Eve Lavery got the game up and running although her effort was cancelled out by Emma Duggan (free). Armagh then raised a green flag with a contender for goal of the season.

Aoife McCoy captured Anna Carr’s kickout to start the move. After a couple of swift handpasses with Niamh Henderson and Lauren McConville, McCoy buried the ball to the net.

Ciara Smyth and Lavery (free) swapped points, while superb scores from Duggan and Megan Thynne made it a one-point game. Kelly Mallon and Duggan both converted frees as Smyth nailed her second to tie things up.

Lavery (free) nudged the hosts ahead, but Duggan (free) had the final say of the opening half. Both sides headed to the tunnel level, 1-4 to 0-7.

Second half

Meath got their noses in front through Sarah Wall, although that lead could have been more but for the heroics of Carr. Armagh tagged on the next four scores with Mallon (free), Lavery (2) and Blaithin Mackin all splitting the posts.

Meath turned the screw with a quick fire 1-3. Two Duggan points were split by 1-1 from midfielder Aoibhín Cleary, who punched home the Meath goal after Smyth’s shot had dropped short.

Armagh left it late, but a Niamh Coleman goal helped them pick up an opening day win in the All-Ireland series.
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Armagh’s response was rapid and again it was McCoy who netted. She fired home with the aid of the crossbar, after being played through by Mallon, to level things up.

Dearbhla Coleman punched over from close range, assisted by sister Niamh. The older of the two Coleman’s hit Armagh’s third goal. Byrne and Duggan scored for Meath in the final few minutes, but it wasn’t enough to get something from the game.

Armagh: A Carr, G Ferguson, C McCambridge, R Mulligan, C Towe, L McConville, D Coleman 0-1, N Coleman 1-0, B Mackin 0-1, E Druse, A McCoy 2-0, S Quigley, E Lavery 0-5 (3f), N Henderson, K Mallon 0-2 (2f). Subs: N Reel for E Lavery (51 mins) M McCambridge for S Quigley (51 mins), M McCann for E Druse (63 mins).

Meath: M McGuirk, S Wall 0-1, M Lynch, N Troy, N Gallogly, K Cole, K Newe, M O’Shaughnessy, A Cleary 1-1, M Thynne 0-1, S Melia, C Smyth 0-2, M Byrne 0-1, M Farrelly, E Duggan 0-8 (5f). Subs: L Young for C Smyth (54 mins), S Lynch for K Cole (59 mins).

Armagh left it late, but a Niamh Coleman goal helped them pick up an opening day win in the All-Ireland series.
Photo Credit: Richiespics