Eve embracing exiting times in the Orchard County

It’s exciting times in the Orchard County at the minute, with the Camogs, Ladies and Men’s teams all competing in All-Ireland semi-finals. Kieran McGeeney’s side will take on Kerry this weekend at Croke Park.

The Camogs saw off Roscommon on Saturday to reach the final four while the Ladies overcame Mayo on Sunday. Gregory McGonigle’s side will also face the Kingdom in the semis, in two weeks’ time.

Eve Lavery, who kicked 0-3 for the Orchard County in their six-point win over Mayo, is delighted to see all three codes doing well. “It’s class, who would have thought that all the codes would be in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland?

“That’s what you a dream of and it’s just good taking one game at a time here now and then just seeing what happens and just keep working hard.

“Kerry are an outstanding team, so we just know we need to lift it up another gear. We weren’t perfect today and we know we have more work to do, so we’re ready for it.”

For the fifth time in six seasons, Armagh overcame Mayo in the championship, and they did so by eight-points. Goals from Blaithin Mackin and Aoife McCoy in either half helped land a 2-11 to 0-11 victory.

“Of course, it’s the quarter-final of the All-Ireland, it was always going to be a tough test,” added Lavery on facing Mayo. “I think we needed to believe in ourselves and we knew it was going to be hard work.”

With Aimee Mackin sidelined for the rest of the season, Lavery has taken over left-footed free taking duty. In the three championship games they’ve played to date, the Ballyhegan star has kicked 0-11 (7f).

It’s exciting times in the Orchard County at the minute, with the Camogs, Ladies and Men’s teams all competing in All-Ireland semi-finals.
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Kelly Mallon was also missing from action on Saturday, meaning Armagh were without they’re two main scoring threats. But the rest of the Orchard Ladies stepped up, with six different players getting on the scoresheet.

“They’re two big losses to the team,” Lavery continued. “They would have been brilliant forwards for us, scoring all the time, but everyone knew we needed to step up.

“I don’t know how many different scores we had today, so it’s great to see, everybody’s well capable of taking the scores, so it’s good to see everyone stepping up.”