Wednesday 21 March 2018

Player of the match

Laura Brown (Armagh)

In a game where Armagh were under more pressure than the scoreline suggestions, full-back Laura Brown stood firm in defence.


Just one point was registered in the opening nine minutes, before Armagh's only goal of the hour came from full-forward Shauna O'Hagan. This gave them a lead that they didn't relinquish and provided the platform for victory.


Armagh will be wondering how they kicked 21 wides, 13 of those in the opening half, and still managed to win this game.

Ref Watch

Experienced whistler Pat Kehoe had an excellent day and never hampered an entertaining game of football.

Magic Moment

Catherine McAlinden's one-footed penalty save from Linda Wall rose Armagh hearts and prevented the gap being reduced to four points with five minutes remaining.

What they said

James Daly (Armagh manager):

"We had 21 wides, and while it doesn't make for good reading, at the end of the day what counts is that we won the game. I told our girls at half-time to keeping shooting and the scores would come. Waterford didn't stop, but on the day we were the better team and deserved to win."

Elaine Power (Waterford midfielder):

"Armagh just threw absolutely everything at us. We had two or three chances in the second half but just didn't have luck on our side. The better team won on the day. We kept creating chances, but unfortunately nothing kicked our way."

Match statistics

Wides: Armagh 21 (13 in 1st half); Waterford 6 (4)

Frees: Armagh 16 (6); Waterford 12 (4)

Yellow cards: Armagh 0; Waterford 0

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