2020 All Ireland Ladies' Football Championship (Senior, Intermediate, Junior)

This is thread is for games not involving Dublin obviously.

It started off last night with an all Ulster group clash.

The All-Ireland Ladies’ Football Championship kicked off Friday night at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan as Armagh ran out 12 point winners over Tyrone 6-16 - 3-13. Certainly one for the purists. Such an open game through the whole 60 minutes.

Aimee Mackin starred for the Orchard county putting on a clinic throughout scoring 1-6 with 1-5 from play. Caroline O’Hanlon dictated tempo as captain and had so much possession in the second half while also tallying a goal for herself. It was a very calm side-foot finish into the far corner of the net. Kelly Mallen ended up getting the goal of the half hitting the top corner. Aoife McCoy was the beneficiary of all the movement up front from the forwards through out the whole game ending with 3-0.

Tyrone were pretty naive defensively but gave a decent account off themselves. Was quite impressed with Chloe McCaffrey who I hadn’t seen before this. She ended up with 1-4 in the end. Her goal off of woeful goalkeeping from the Armagh number 1 Anna Carr. Niamh O’Neill top scored for the Red Hand ending with 2-4. Her first goal again a big error by the keeper.

It looks like a straight head to head between Armagh and Mayo now for group winner.

Armagh: Aoife McCoy 3-0, Aimee Mackin 1-6 (0-1f), Kelly Mallon 1-3 (0-2f), Caroline O’Hanlon 1-2, Catherine Marley and Eve Lavery 0-2, TiarnaGrimes 0-1

Tyrone: Niamh O’Neill 2-4, Chlow McCaffrey 1-4, Grainne Rafferty 0-3, Emma Brennan and Caitlin Kelly 0-1 each.

POTM: Aimee Mackin (Shane O’Neills)

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Mackin is class. It’d be very interesting to see Armagh in the semi finals for a bit of a change, I don’t think they’ve been there since 2016.

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Westmeath had a big win against Longford in the intermediate, Meath are playing today and i reckon it could be between them two at that level.

Wicklow should be strong enough for Junior but they struggled at times yesterday against Fermanagh

Tg4 showing Tipp and Monaghan. Female presenter, female analyst. Not a bloke in sight. Shocking.

The lie of the land coming into this weekend is,
Group 1, Kerry v Cork, whoever wins should make the semi. Kerry win then they definitely do and they’ve played already, Cork haven’t.

Group 2, goes down to next week to see how Galway and Monaghan get on, Galway win means they go through, if not then tonight’s result matters.

Group 3, if Dublin win tomorrow they’re in the semi final.

Group 4, down to next week to see how Armagh v Mayo goes, should be a do or die match next week.

Semis imo will be
Cork v Galway
Dublin v Armagh

Cork v Dublin

Tipp very unlucky, two defeats by a point. That last free given against Moloney was an awful decision

Terrible decision. Her injury probably cost them the match. She could hardly move - hope she didn’t make things worse.

An awful “free” to blow.

Some turnaround by Monaghan from last year though, got hockeyed by Dublin last year in PP by 25 points.

Tipp only out of Inter and their star player was crocked for almost all of the 2nd half - couldn’t even take a nailed on free and they lost by a point. Wasn’t impressed by Monaghan at all.

Monaghan avoided the drop to inter last year by beating WMeath in the relegation play off. Tipp have been Senior already so this wouldn’t be a huge step up for them.

So Monaghan are good?

No they’re not but to win a game like tonight by a point (even though they shouldn’t have and weren’t the better team) is a big turnaround from being hammered last summer and ending up in the play off

Class score

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