U/16 ALL IRELAND ROUND 2 CHAMPIONSHIP ARMAGH V CARLOW
The Armagh girls were very much the underdogs on paper for this championship game. Having lost all clashes previously it was the orchard girls who had nothing to lose and Carlow who had everything to prove. Ref Philip mc Donald from county Cavan got the game started and the Armagh girls soon found their stride.
Carlow made a few attacks up field but were soon shut down by the brilliant Armagh defence who were holding strong. If Carlow wanted a score they were going to have to work hard for it.. The Armagh girls were also testing out the Carlow backs and after much tooing and frowning Armagh soon had the game under control and were scoring some wonderful long range points from Siodnha Woods, Aoife Crilly, Emma McGuigan and Jane Maguire. The Carlow keeper was on fine form and saved many shots other keepers wouldn’t have had a look in with but with much persistence Jane Maguire and Coleen mc Parlandeventually got scores past her.
Halftime 2:4 to 0:0
Fired up even more from their half time talk with management the Armagh girls were a force to be reckoned with in the second half. Points from Emma McGuigan, Michelle McCone, Hannah Gray, Maeve Smyth, Aoibheann O Hare, Colleen McParland and Jane Maguire soon had the scoreboard looking very one sided and that was without the great goals by Hannah Gray, Jane Maguire, and Michelle McCone. Carlow heads dropped and Armagh were running the show. Carlow got their only score by a well taken free in the 26th minute of the second half by Naomh Canavan. They did deserve more but the orchard calini had pulled the shutters down and closed shop on them. The final score was Armagh 5:15 to Carlow 0:1..
Armagh now face Kildare on Sunday 29th July at home. Venus and time will be confirmed during the week on the county Official Gaa facebook page and the county website. This is an All Ireland quarter final for this u/16 team so we ask all the orange and white supporters to come out and support these young girls.