Mackin hails Armagh’s strength in depth

Armagh star Blaithin Mackin has praised the squad depth in the Orchard County has they prepare for a semi-final clash with Kerry. Mackin hit 1-3 last weekend as they saw off Mayo by six.

They did so without their two main attackers, Aimee Mackin and Kelly Mallon. The pair missed the game through injury, and Aimee Mackin will miss the rest of the campaign.

Blaithin was injured through the entire league and Ulster Championship. She has been a welcomed boost to Gregory McGonigle’s side in the All-Ireland series.

“It’s been massive, and I think Greg and the boys have been brilliant at that this year,” said Mackin on Armagh’s squad depth on TG4 as she picked up the Player of the Match award.

“They’ve got a lot of players in that maybe hadn’t played in previous years, especially Niamh Henderson there.

Armagh star Blaithin Mackin has praised the squad depth in the Orchard County has they prepare for a semi-final clash with Kerry.
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“The whole league, the Ulster Championship and All-Ireland, we’ve really went after getting scores all over the pitch. I think the Ulster final obviously when Aimee got injured, we got that in 10 minutes at the end.

“We got different scores on the board whenever Aimee and Kelly were both off.

“So, it just takes confidence in the girls and the boys have instilled that in us, that they have the confidence in us to go for it and that shows there today with all the range of scores.”

The Kingdom

It’s Kerry up next for Armagh in their first All-Ireland semi-final appearances since 2020. Armagh saw off Kerry in the National League final as they picked up a first ever Division One title.

Armagh star Blaithin Mackin has praised the squad depth in the Orchard County has they prepare for a semi-final clash with Kerry.

“We’re a different team than we were in the National League,” added Mackin. “With the players out it’s going to be a different game. Obviously All-Ireland semi-finals brings different pressures and different gears to a team.

“We’ll just be going out looking for a performance again like we’ve done today and hopefully that will be enough.”

This weekend, Kieran McGeeney’s Armagh also face the Kingdom and it’s exciting times in the Mackin household. “The boys are the same as us,” she added.

“The past two or three years getting to quarter-finals and not getting across the line. So, this year obviously very different, we both got over that quarter-final and now just both have to go for it.

“Obviously with Aimee and Ciaran out, it’s even bigger for us to try and go and win it for both of them.”