Date Time Competition Season
22 May 2022 3:45 pm Ulster Senior Championship 2022

Match Report

Late Mallon strike sees Armagh overcome Donegal

Kelly Mallon’s goal, 90 seconds from the end of extra-time, gave Armagh the most dramatic of wins in the final of the TG4 Ulster Ladies SFC against Donegal at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones.

By Alan Foley

Maxi Curran’s side had seen a four-point lead disappear right at the end of normal time as Armagh somehow forced extra-time.

Then with Donegal looking in control once more and Geraldine McLaughlin kicking 1-11, they were holding Armagh at arm’s length before Aimee Mackin found an unmarked Mallon with a peach of a pass and the Armagh skipper cut inside to slam home the winner.

It’s an Ulster three-in-a-row for Armagh.Mackin’s goal right at the end of normal time brought Armagh back from four down to just the one, when she picked up possession following some loose Donegal possession.

Mallon’s fifth free then forced extra-time at 2-14 each.McLaughlin, an All-Star at last in 2021, managed to hook a shot over Anna Carr on 58 seconds when completely surrounded by Armagh players, when she was found by Niamh Hegarty to give the side managed by Maxi Curran the dream start.

Although far from an ideal start, it didn't seem to ruffle Armagh, who soon found their groove to post 1-2 without reply by the 11th minute, with the goal coming when Aoife McCoy rammed past Roisin McCafferty when set up by Aimee Mackin’s pinching of possession from Niamh Carr.

However, Niamh McLaughlin’s goal for Donegal made it 2-5 to 1-8 at half-time.Karen Guthrie, the former Donegal skipper, was introduced at the break having missed the semi-final win over Cavan.

She immediately began chipping in on the scoreboard, with Donegal looking the most likely with a four-point lead three minutes from time.

Armagh, through Mackin and then Mallon’s free, pulled it from the fire to produce extra-time, where there, they did the same thing again.

Scorers – Armagh: K Mallon 1-8, 8f; A Mackin 1-5, 2f;  A McCoy 1-2; C Marley 0-1; C O’Hanlon 0-1.

Donegal: G McLaughlin 1-11, 4f; Niamh McLaughlin 1-1; K Guthrie 0-4, 2f; N Hegarty 0-2, Y Bonner 0-1.

Armagh:  A Carr; S Grey, C McCambridge, C Towe; N Marley, L McConville, G Ferguson; B Mackin, C O'Hanlon; E Lavery, N Coleman, C Marley; A Mackin, A McCoy, K Mallon. Subs: T Grimes for Marley (52), N Reel for Laverty (55), F McKenna for Coleman (58).

Donegal: R McCafferty; N Carr, E McGinley, T Kennedy; S Twohig, R Rodgers, A Boyle Carr; K Herron, Nicole McLaughlin; N Hegarty, N McLaughlin, S White; Y Bonner, B McLaughlin, G McLaughlin. Subs: K Guthrie for White (ht), T Hegarty and N Boyle for Herron and Rodgers (full-time), E McCroary for N Hegarty (75), Herron for B McLaughlin (77).

Referee: Gavin Finnegan (Down).


1Anna Carr Goalkeeper
2Shauna Grey Defender
3Clodagh McCambridge Defender
4Cait Towe Defender
5Niamh Marley Defender
6Lauren McConville Defender
7Grace Ferguson Defender
8Blaithin Mackin Midfielder
9Caroline O’Hanlon Midfielder 14'
10Eve Lavery Forward
11Niamh Coleman Forward
12Catherine Marley 23 Forward 4'
13Aimee Mackin Forward 60+5'
28', 34', 36', 42', 59'
14Aoife McCoy Forward 5'
11', 30'
15Kelly Mallon Forward 80+1'
2', 13', 18', 47', 60+9', 69', 72', 77'
16Brianna Mathers Goalkeeper
17Niamh Reel Forward
18Aoife Lennon Forward
19Megan McShane
20Fionnuala Mc Kenna Forward
21Megan O’Callaghan
22Caitriona O’Hagan
23Tiarna Grimes 12 Defender
24Sarah Marley Defender
25Megan McCann
26Alexandra Clarke Forward
27Caoimhe Dooley
28Grainne Boylan Forward


1Roisin McCafferty Goalkeeper
2Niamh Carr Defender
3Evelyn McGinley Defender
4Tanya Kennedy Defender
5Shelly Twohig Defender
6Nicole McLaughlin Defender
7Amy Boyle Carr Defender
8Katy Herron 20 Midfielder
9Niamh McLaughlin Midfielder 23'
10Yvonne Bonner Forward 57'
11Niamh Hegarty 25 Forward 30', 67'
12Susanne White 14 Forward
13Blathnaid McLaughlin Forward
23Roisin Rodgers 22 Defender
15Geraldine McLaughlin Forward 1'
8', 12', 20', 32', 45', 51', 52', 56', 60', 70', 74'
16Aoife McColgan Goalkeeper
14Karen Guthrie 12 Forward 31', 43', 62', 67'
17Shauna McFadden Defender
18Jodie McFadden Forward
19Deirdre Foley
20Tara Hegarty 8 Defender
21Katie Long Forward
22Niamh Boyle 23 Defender
24Codie Walsh
25Emma McCrory 11
26Shauna Higgins
27Saskia Boyle Forward
29Danielle McGinley


St Tiernach’s Park
St. Tiernach’s Park, L28003, Clones Rural ED, Ballybay-Clones Municipal District, County Monaghan, H23 FK29, Ireland

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