Tuesday 22 October 2019

McCoy puts Armagh on road to decider

Armagh 5-14 Monaghan 1-12

Rosemary Courtney of Monaghan in action against Aoife McCoy of Armagh. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Rosemary Courtney of Monaghan in action against Aoife McCoy of Armagh. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Armagh advanced to the TG4 Ulster SFC final with an impressive victory over Monaghan at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.

Armagh's ability to get goals at key moments proved crucial but they had to withstand a good rally from Monaghan prior to the break.

However, Armagh set the tone early when Aoife McCoy got the first of her two goals. The hosts established a 13-point lead midway through the first half against a Farney team still searching for their first victory of 2019. Monaghan closed the gap in the second quarter but Armagh recovered and eased to a convincing win.

Armagh got off to a dream start with a goal after just 18 seconds, McCoy hitting the Monaghan net after a sublime long ball by Caroline O'Hanlon found Blaithin Mackin.

Skipper Kelly Mallon added two frees and Mackin kicked a long-range point to put the hosts six up on five minutes.

Two towering points by Mallon was followed by a second Armagh goal when Mackin's shot came back off the woodwork and young Niamh Reel slotted the ball into the net.

Sarah Boyd of Monaghan in action against Blaithin Mackin of Armagh. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Sarah Boyd of Monaghan in action against Blaithin Mackin of Armagh. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

That put Armagh 2-8 to 0-1 ahead but Monaghan fought back and outscored the Orchard outfit 1-5 to 0-1 for the remainder of the half.

Armagh gave themselves breathing space after that with a 42nd-minute goal by Eve Lavery, before McCoy and Mackin added two more goals.

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Scorers - Armagh: A McCoy 2-1; K Mallon 0-5 (3f); B Mackin, N Reel 1-2 each; E Lavery 1-1; C O'Hanlon 0-2; A Mackin 0-1. Monaghan: R Courtney 0-5 (4f); C Courtney 1-2 (1-0 pen); S Coyle 0-3; C Treanor, C McBride 0-1 each.

Armagh - C O'Hare; S Marley, E Lavery, R O'Reilly; C McKenna, C McCambridge, T Grimes; N Coleman, C O'Hanlon; M Moriarty, A McCoy, K Mallon; A Donaldson, B Mackin, N Reel. Subs: A Mackin for Lavery (42), C Morgan for O'Reilly (46), N Murphy for Reel (52), M Watters for Mallon (54), C Towe for C McKenna (57),

Caroline O'Hanlon of Armagh in action against Maeve Monaghan of Monaghan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Caroline O'Hanlon of Armagh in action against Maeve Monaghan of Monaghan. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Monaghan - B Tierney; N Kerr, S Boyd, C Treanor; A McAnespie, H McSkane, S Coyle; A McCarey, E McAnespie; R Courtney, C Courtney, C McBride; E Woods, M Monaghan, C McAnespie. Subs: B McAleer for McBride (55), L Flynn for Monaghan (56), N McGuirk for Treanor (57), R Hughes for McSkane (58).

Ref - Y Duffy (Cavan)

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