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Armagh 0-8 Monaghan 0-11

Ulster Senior Ladies Championship

Armagh 0-8 Monaghan 0-11

Armagh Ladies suffered a three point defeat at the hands of Monaghan in Breffni Park on Saturday. The Orcahrd girls took an early lead with a Caroline O’Hanlon free kick but Monaghan responded immediatelt with a superb Nimah Kindlon point. Monaghan extended their lead with well taken points from Cathriona McConnell and Ciara McAnespie before Aileen Matthews pulled on back for Armagh. Then an incisive pass from Sharon Reel put Matthews through for a goal chance but the well organised Monaghan defence snuffed out the danger. Monaghan were finding it much easier than Armagh to create and take their opportunities and points from Amanda Casey and an inspirational effort from Aoife McAespie put the Oriel girls in the driving seat.

Monaghan were dealt a severe blow when Niamh Kindlon was stretchered off the field but Armagh still struggled to make any head way into the Monaghan lead. Sarah Marley drove forward with the ball before Maria O’Donnell won a free which was duly converted by O’Hanlon. As was the pattern of the first half the Monaghan response was quick with the McAnespie twins combining to set up Ellen McCarron for a fantastic individual point. A cleverly fisted point by McConnell restored Monaghan’s advantage before Armagh showed their first sign of real intent when Maria O’Donnell’s excellent attempt trickled out for a 45. Caroline O’Hanlon’s point was cancelled by another Monaghan score leaving Monaghan ahead at the break by 8-4.

Armagh needed to start the second half with intent but it was Monaghan who got off the mark first with two well taken points increasing their advantage to six points. Mags McAlinden and Ciara McAnespie points cancelled each other out but Armagh coulnt take advantage of their possession and were wasteful with the opportunities they did manage to create. The introduction of Puala Enright, Aoife Lennon, Marian McGuinness and Kelly Mallon lifted the Orchard girls and the attack looked to have more shape but Armagh were wasteful and didn’t take the chances presented to them to haul themselves back into the game. Marian McGuinness capped an excellent second half display with a well taken individual point and Caroline O’Hanlon added another to reduce the deficit but the Oriel girls held on for the victory leaving Armagh with a potential winner takes all battle with Tyrone in their final round robin game on 26th June.

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