Just six days after their last outing, the county’s women footballers are back in Championship action again tomorrow. Laois provide the opposition at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park tomorrow afternoon, where throw-in is 1.30pm. The match is being shown live on RTÉ and tickets for the game are available to purchase here.
With Armagh having already beaten both ourselves and Laois in the group stage, this final round match has become a straight shootout between us for the second quarter-final berth on offer in the group.
Michael Moyles and his backroom team will, no doubt, have been hard at work over the last few days, refocusing the team on tomorrow’s challenge following the heartbreaking way in which victory was snatched from their grasp at the Athletic Grounds last Sunday. There was less than a minute to go when Armagh were awarded their second penalty of the game and just 15 seconds were left before the hooter sounded when Aimee Mackin goaled from the spot to secure a two-point win for the Orchard County.
Speaking to the Mayo News (paper and digital variants) after the game, Michael Moyles was clearly exercised with the officiating of the game, stating that “the free count was something like four-to-one against us and there were some shocking decisions.” That frustration now has to be parked, however, with all of the focus on tomorrow’s game and the opportunity it presents for his team to claim a place in the Championship’s knockout stage.
Laois played their League football in Division 2 this spring, where they finished second in the table behind Armagh, losing out on promotion to the top tier when the Orchard County beat them in the Division 2 final. They then lost to both Dublin and Meath in the three-team round-robin provincial Championship before losing out to Armagh in the opening round of the group stage a fortnight ago by 3-12 to 2-8.
Seeing as we played our football in Division 1 this spring and have already won the Connacht Championship, you’d have to think we’re well placed to claim the victory we need tomorrow to secure our place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Here’s hoping we do just that – the best of luck to the ladies in tomorrow’s all-or-nothing game.