Magical Mackin seals it for the Orchard

Photo: BBC (Leah Scholes/Inpho)

At half-time in today’s LGFA NFL Division One clash with Armagh at James Stephens Park we looked in a right bit of bother. Nine adrift and with only two points on the board to show for our efforts, it had all the appearance of a long day for Liam McHale’s team.

We came roaring back into it after the break, however, with an improved workrate and a keener eye for scores hauling Mayo back into it. Sinéad Walsh got the comeback going properly when she bagged our first goal and then when substitute Saoirse Delaney cooly slotted home our second major there was only a point between the sides.

We had the momentum now but a few wides in a row didn’t help our cause. Maria Cannon’s point then brought us level and now a match that looked likely to end in a decisive defeat was looking very winnable.

But Armagh nudged back in front in a game in which they’d never trail. A fisted score from Aoife Geraghty hauled us level again and, with time running out, a draw looked the likeliest outcome.

That was even the case when Armagh were awarded a free way out near the sideline. Thirty yards from goal and with the wind in her face, this left Aimee Mackin with it all to do.

But do it she did, the worldie free she converted providing the grace note to a 1-7 personal contribution and ensuring that the Orchard County’s perfect run in this Division One campaign continued for a sixth game in a row.

Armagh won this one by 2-9 to 2-8 and the win assures them of a place in the Division One final of the National League for the first time ever.

It was rough justice for the home team, who’d shown all their battling qualities over the course of a stirring second half comeback and who’d looked as if they’d done enough to grab at least a share of the spoils. But for the magic of Aimee Mackin they surely would have done so.

Mayo: Laura Brennan; Danielle Caldwell, Nicola O’Malley, Saoirse Lally; Kathryn Sullivan, Erin Murray, Jenna Mortimer; Aoife Geraghty (0-1), Hannah Reape; Fionnuala McLaughlin, Alana Fitzpatrick, Maria Cannon (0-3, two frees); Sinéad Cafferky, Lisa Cafferky (0-1), Sinéad Walsh (1-2). Subs: Ciara Needham for Mortimer, Saoirse Delaney (1-1) for Fitzpatrick, Ciara Durkan for Sullivan, Éilis Ronayne for Murray, Aoife Staunton for Lisa Cafferky.

One thought on “Magical Mackin seals it for the Orchard

  1. Tough result to take but did better against Armagh than any other team in the division – wll done to all involved.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *