Druse delighted to reach the final four

Armagh youngster Emily Druse wasn’t part of the panel when they last reached the semi-finals of the All-Ireland series. That was back in 2020, when Dublin ended their dream of making the decider.

Druse was Armagh’s breakout star in 2023 and has carried her exciting form into this season. She featured in all of Armagh’s National League games as they captured their first ever Division One crown.

Come championship, the Armagh Harps youngster has started all four of Armagh’s games, including the Ulster final. She has held onto her place in the half forward line during the All-Ireland series as well.

“I was only here last year whenever we got beat by Cork in the quarter-finals, so it’s brilliant to get over that hurdle,” said Druse, looking ahead to the All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry.

“We were all obviously kind of worried, you have the worry that this is going to be your last match of the year. So, I think we all really put 100% in it to get over the line.

“We said in the past few games we’ve been slow to start, and we didn’t want that to happen this time because we knew Mayo were such a strong side and if they got a lead on us, we didn’t want that to happen.

“So, we just said go at it from the start and the same with the second half. Just go at it from as soon as we get out on the pitch and make it work.”

Armagh youngster Emily Druse wasn’t part of the panel when they last reached the semi-finals of the All-Ireland series.
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With Aimee Mackin and Kelly Mallon missing, there may have been a fear that Armagh would lack firepower. But the rest of the team all stepped up and got Armagh over the line.

“Obviously we were all apprehensive going in without two of our main shooters, but everyone else stepped up,” added Druse.

“Eve Lavery had a brilliant performance, Blaithin Mackin, everyone contributing to the score sheet is brilliant because we do have big boots to fill.”