Ladies: Armagh into last eight despite being held by Tipp

June 15, 2024

Armagh's Emily Druse ©INPHO/Leah Scholes

Tipperary 2-4
Armagh 0-10 

by Noel Dundon 

Armagh made the long trip to FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles to face Tipperary knowing that victory would guarantee them a home quarter-final in the TG4 All-Ireland serie but they didn't bank on two second half Tipperary goals in three minutes rocking them back on their heels during the course of this very lively encounter. 

The Orchard County got the better of Meath by a single point the first round and were in pole position as they faced a Tipperary side making a first appearance since the Munster championship round robin stages when they lost out to Cork. 

The visitors were the better side in the first half and could have enjoyed a greater lead than the 0-4 to 0-3 scoreline had they taken their chances. But, Tipperary showed a lot of resilience and following the opening score from Emma Morrissey in the 4th minute, Tipp added two further Morrisey points to keep in touch with Armagh who showed a lot of endeavour in their approach play. 

Indeed, Armagh attacked with real pace and this yielded first half flags for Eve Lavery (2), Blainhin Mackin and centre back  Lauren McConville as she charged forward and split the posts. 

Tipp were without centre forward Aishling McCarthy for a ten minute spell, split by the half time break, after she was yellow carded for persistent fouling. But, they managed to weather the Armagh storm during that period and the gap still stood at the bare minimum by the time she returned — Anna Rose Kennedy and Eve Lavery trading points after resumption. 

Armagh extended their leads though through Emily Druse and Kelly Mallon, but Tipp hit back with an Aishling Moloney goal in the 13th minute to draw the sides level again. 

And, the Armagh net was rattled again three minutes later when Anna Rose Kennedy was on the end of a wonderful passing movement to beat Anna Carr with a looping shot. 

Armagh responded well and they kicked the final three scores of the game through Kelly Mallon (2) and Angela McGuigan to rescue a point and remain unbeaten in the series as they advance to the quarter-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland SFC. 

It was a well earned point for Tipperary for whom keeper Lauren Fitzpatrick was also yellow carded right at the very end of the game. 

Scorers: Tipperary: AR Kennedy 1-1; E Morrissey 0-3 (2f); A Moloney 1-0. 

Armagh: E Lavery 0-3 (2f); K Mallon 0-3(3 f); E Druse, L McConville, B Mackin, A McGuigan 0-1 each. 

TIPPERARY: L Fitzpatrick; E Kelly, L Spillane, E Cronin; C O'Dwyer, M Curley, S English; L Morrissey, AR Kennedy; C English, A Moloney, E Morrissey; M Creedon, A McGuigan, E McCarthy. Subs: N Towey for Creedon (45); K Downey for McCarthy (44). 

ARMAGH: A Carr; G Ferguson, C McCambridge, R Mulligan; C Towe, L McConville, D Coleman; N Coleman, E Lavery; E Druse, A McCoy, B Mackin; M McCambridge, N Henderson, K Mallon. Subs: S Quigley for Druse (46); C Doyle for Lavery (52); Reel for Mackin. 

Referee: Anthony Marron (Monaghan) 

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