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Armagh face up to to reigning champions

Updated: Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 18:19 | Comments

Armagh aim to cause a surprise in the midlands
Armagh aim to cause a surprise in the midlands

Pearse Park in Longford is the venue as reigning All-Ireland champions Cork take on Armagh in the second of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies' Football semi-finals.

Armagh have been something of a surprise package in the championship to date as they denied Monaghan a fifth Ulster title in a row despite operating in the third tier of the TESCO Homegrown National Football League. 

However, Armagh have made a habit of defeating Division 1 with wins over Tyrone, Donegal, Monaghan and Laois who were 

Last year they pushed Cork to within a point in the quarter final and possibly could have won with a last minute free so they will take plenty of confidence from that performance. 

There is mixed news on the injury front though as star defender Mairead Tennyson is out with a  shoulder injury suffered against Laois.

However, they can call on Marion McGuinness who missed the same match through injury. It is a strong Armagh side from front to back with Caoimhe Morgan and Niamh Marley looking excellent in defence and a very exciting attacking unit including hard working Sinead McCleary, the excellent Fionnuala McKenna and Lauren McConville who was superb in the semi-final. 

However, there can be little doubt that Caroline O’Hanlon is the key player for the northeners as their captain is one of the real stand out performers of the past decade, her foot-passing is top quality and she is equally comfortable in defence or breaking forward with the attack where she scored 2-06 last time out, 

There is no doubt that Cork supremo Eamonn Ryan will have put a plan in place to curb O’Hanlon’s impact.
 
The Rebelettes are simply one of the greatest teams ever to play any ~Gaelic games code. Their success speaks for itself as they have claimed right All-Ireland titles in ninr years and are on a quest for their fourth success on the trot  in a ro

However, this team take absolutely nothing for granted and they will be fully focused on the task of defeating Armagh. Their team is star-studded from front to back with Angela Walsh, Bríd Stack, Deirdre O’Reilly and current Player’s Player of the Year, Geraldine O’Flynn amongst their rearguard. 

Roisin Phelan and Vera Foley have joined that defensive unit this year and have certainly not looked out of place. Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley have pushed forward into midfield following the retirement of Juliet Murphy and either one of these are well capable of subduing Caroline O’Hanlon. 

Ciara O’Sullivan is the link between defence and attack at centre forward where she has been in superb form. Grace Kearney has done well since being introduced at full-forward with Valerie Mulcahy playing at corner forward and sure to have a big impact on the match. 

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