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Date Time Competition Season
19 June 2022 3:45 pm All Ireland Senior Championship 2022

Match Report

SFC: Lally delivers as Meath and Armagh share the spoils

Orlagh Lally salvaged a draw for Meath as the reigning champions advanced to the quarter-finals of the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship despite being held to a draw by Armagh.

Lally hit a fine effort in the 54th minute and despite both sides having possession in the final exchanges neither could find a winner at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

It was a case of two heavyweights colliding in this Group B Round 2 clash and that’s exactly how it panned out. Armagh will be disappointed they didn’t see the game out; for large periods their defence was resolute and kept the lively Meath forwards very quiet.

Aimee Mackin was in fantastic form in the opening half. She got the first score of the game in the fourth minute when she pointed a free. She then hit a long-range effort and in the eleventh minute fired over her third point. Meath’s first score came from Lally in the 13th minute.

A fine Mackin free restored Armagh’s three-point lead before Aimee Mackin and Kelly Mallon combined, with Meath keeper Monica McGuirk and her defence scrambling to stop Aimee Mackin from finding the back of the net.

The lead was cut to one point in the 26th minute but a neat point from Aimee Mackin just before the break saw Armagh lead 0-6 to 0-4.Both sides were guilty of poor shot selection at the start of the second half. The first score came in the 37th minute when Mallon hit over a free. Two Meath points cut the gap to one in the 39th minute but Armagh replied with fine points from Blaithin Mackin and Niamh Coleman.

Vikki Wall tested Armagh goalkeeper Anna Carr before points from Stacey Grimes (free), substitute Kelsey Nesbitt and Lally drew the holders level, in the 54th minute. Monica McGuirk kept her goal intact with an excellent stop moments later.

As the clock ticked down both teams had time on the ball but couldn’t muster up a winner. The Orchard County were awarded two late frees but decided to play the ball short and it came to nothing.

Armagh

1Anna Carr Goalkeeper
2Shauna Grey Defender
3Clodagh Mc Cambridge Defender
4Cait Towe Defender
5Niamh Marley Defender
6Lauren Mc Conville Defender
7Grace Ferguson Defender
8Blaithin Mackin Midfielder 39'
9Caroline O Hanlon Midfielder
10Eve Lavery 23 Forward
11Niamh Coleman Forward 41'
12Catherine Marley 26 Forward
13Aimee Mackin Forward 4', 9', 9', 18', 26'
14Aoife Mc Coy 17 Forward
15Kelly Mallon 18 Forward 14', 37'
16Brianna Mathers
17Niamh Reel 14 Forward
18Aoife Lennon 15
19Megan Mc Shane
20Fionnuala Mc Kenna Forward
21Megan O’Callaghan
22Caitriona O Hagan
23Tiarna Grimes 10 Defender
24Sarah Marley Defender
25Megan Mc Cann
26Alexandra Clarke 12 Forward
27Caoimhe Dooley
28Aveen Bellew
29Grainne Boylan Forward

Meath

Venue

Glennon Bros Pearse Park
Pearse Park, N4 Retail and Business Park, N4 Axis Centre, Aghadegnan, Longford Rural ED, Longford, County Longford, Leinster, N39 V9W3, Ireland

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