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Gala Junior All-Ireland Nancy Murray Cup Final Replay: Armagh vs Roscommon, Drumlane, Cavan 3.30pm (Sunday)


Armagh and Roscommon will battle it out once again for the chance to be named Gala All-Ireland Nancy Murray Cup champions.


Last week’s goal heroine Andrea McAlinden will be out of action for Armagh having departed for Australia but Granemore’s Cathy Smith will step into breach the with manager Patsy MaGee convinced she can help them achieve All-Ireland success.


“”It’s a like for like swap. No doubt Andrea is a big loss for us but Cathy is a very skillful player and I’m confident she will do the job for us tomorrow,”” he said.


Last week Armagh let Roscommon back into the game and Kelly Hopkins could have snatched victory for the Rossies right at the death, only to see her free go agonizely wide.


“”I think both teams will probably think that the game was there for the taking last week but it could very easily have been lost so a draw was probably a fair result. This time around I think that it will come down to who wants it the most, the team that learned the most from last week should come out on top,”” said MaGee.


MaGee admits that preparing for tomorrow’s replay has proved difficult: “”Replays are often hard to prepare for and can often be anti-climaxes, so we’ve tried to revert back a week to where we were before the first final and prepare in the same manner. Preparations have gone well for us this week; we regrouped on Tuesday, looked at the game and talked about it. We also picked out some things to work on in training and areas which needed to be improved, we wanted to ensure that we were fully prepared for tomorrow’s game and I believe we are.””


Despite letting their lead slip last week and being brought back to Drumlane the place where they suffered their semi-final defeat at the hands of Roscommon last year MaGee remains confident that his side will be able to finish the job tomorrow and bring the Nancy Murray Cup back to the Orchard County.


“”This will be the fourth time that the two sides have played each other over a 12 month period so I think it’s fair to say we know each other well. The team that remains mentally strong should come out victorious. Last week we stayed strong and earned a replay so I think the girls have what it takes to get over the line this week. The girls have worked hard over the past eight to nine months and it would be nice for them to be rewarded with an All-Ireland medal tomorrow,”” MaGee added.



The Antrim County Board has not yet made a ruling on the incident which took place at the St Johns and Ballycastle League match on Tuesday 11 August.

The referee was forced to abandon the match after a mÛlÚe involving players and officials broke out. The game had been a tightly contested game which saw two players red carded.


Due to the serious nature of the incident and the willingness of the Antrim County Board to reach a fair and factual conclusion the two sides presented their cases and evidence separately. Ballycastle went in front of the panel on Friday (21 August) night to give their evidence, while St John’s presented their case on Monday (24 August).


Competitive matches involving the two teams have been suspended until a decision is reached. The Antrim County Board had hoped to conclude the matter and keep the Senior County championship on course; unfortunately they have been unable to do so meaning some disruption to the schedule.



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