Late rally unable to deny Armagh win

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ARMAGH 2 LURGAN LADIES 1

Lurgan Ladies began their new season with a defeat against Armagh last Tuesday in the Ulster Shield.

Lurgan started brightly but Armagh came more into the game and took the lead. Soon after they doubled their tally but despite this setback Lurgan re-grouped and held on to the break.

It was a different Lurgan in the second half, more composed and positive and they took the game to Armagh who had to defend an early penalty corner which they cleared.

Lurgan kept up the pressure and for most of the half had Armagh on the back foot. On ten minutes Lurgan broke forward and the Armagh keeper did well to fend out a shot from Zoe Hawthorne.

For most of this half it was one way traffic with Lurgan pressing in search of the goal to get them back in the game.

With three minutes left their dominance was rewarded when Jayne Clarke, who has returned after a spell with Ulster Elks, turned provider for Pippa Best who chipped the ball home at the far post.

Unfortunately it proved too little too late for Lurgan, but there were signs of encouragement in this narrow defeat. It is a new look Lurgan this year having lost six players to universities across the water and young players stepping up.

Lurgan thank Charles Hurst for their continued sponsorship this year.