Thursday 8 December 2016

Wall's double is key as Waterford march on

Jackie Cahill

Published 25/07/2016 | 02:30

8 May 2016; Aileen Wall, Waterford. Lidl Ladies Football National League, Division 3, Final Replay, Tipperary v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
8 May 2016; Aileen Wall, Waterford. Lidl Ladies Football National League, Division 3, Final Replay, Tipperary v Waterford. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Aileen Wall scored 2-4 from play as Waterford knocked Armagh out of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship on Saturday.

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Waterford claimed a notable scalp as they secured a six-point victory in Clane.

Armagh were shocked by Monaghan in the Ulster semi-final and their season is now over, as Waterford march on to another clash with Kerry, who they met in the Munster championship.

It's a big setback for Armagh, who contested All-Ireland semi-finals in 2014 and again last year, but Waterford were full value for the win.

The Déise led by 3-5 to 0-7 at half-time and they could have been further ahead.

Michelle Ryan got the ball rolling within a minute when she palmed home Maria Delahunty's free that dropped short and Waterford led by 1-2 before Aimee Mackin landed Armagh's first point.

Waterford's second goal arrived in the 10th minute as pressure on the Armagh kick-out led to Caoimhe McGrath's excellent finish.

That goal handed Waterford an eight-point lead - 2-3 to 0-1 - and they were almost in for a third goal a minute later as Lauren McGregor saw her shot well saved by Anna Carr.

A run of three unanswered points brought Armagh back into contention, but they were rocked by the concession of a third goal in the 22nd minute as McGregor and Wall (left) played a brilliant one-two before Wall she finished expertly.

Waterford opened the second half in blistering fashion with four unanswered points, but Armagh hit 1-4 to revive their challenge.

Mackin scored the goal in the 46th minute, but Waterford weathered the storm. Wall bagged her second goal in stoppage-time before Caroline O'Hanlon netted a consolation for Armagh, the final score 4-13 to 2-13.

Scorers - Waterford: A Wall 2-4, M Delahunty 0-6 (4f), M Ryan 1-2, C McGrath 1-0, S Ryan 0-1. Armagh: A Mackin 1-6 (2f), C O'Hanlon 1-2, S Reel, B Mackin, K Mallon (f), A Henderson & C Marley 0-1 each.

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