Clann Eireann ladies turn focus from county to club

Niamh Henderson (left) on the ball for Armagh in the ladies' clash with Waterford this season. Pic by Sportsfile.
Niamh Henderson (left) on the ball for Armagh in the ladies' clash with Waterford this season. Pic by Sportsfile.

Lurgan’s leading ladies of gaelic football have turned their attention to claiming domestic silverware after Armagh’s All-Ireland dream came to a nightmare end.

Armagh were well-beaten by magnificent champions Cork in last Saturday’s semi-final, going down 5-16 to 2-11 at Pearse Park in Longford.

Not reaching Croke Park for a second time is a big blow for the excellent Sinead McCleary and former captain Mags McAlinden, who both played in the 2006 final.

McAlinden was subbed on Saturday and McCleary enhanced her reputation, scoring two points in the process, while the third Clann Eireann representative, talented teenager Niamh Henderson, also got on the scoreboard.

This Saturday, the trio will come up against several county colleagues as Clann Eireann tackle holders Carrickcruppen in the Armagh Championship final at the Athletic Grounds (7 o’clock start) determined to reclaim the Marie Hoye Cup.