Armagh ladies one step away from Inter-Zone trophy glory

Pauline Beattie will be on show for Armagh this weekend in the Inter-Zone Championship final against Donegal. Pic by Phil Ray.
Pauline Beattie will be on show for Armagh this weekend in the Inter-Zone Championship final against Donegal. Pic by Phil Ray.
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Armagh ladies, having previously gained revenge over North West in the semi-finals, will line out this weekend against Donegal with memories of 2012 at the forefront.

That 2012 Inter-Zone Championship showpiece against Donegal ended in defeat and the majority of those same players will step out on the Killyclougher mats tomorrow (Saturday) to contest this season’s final.

Confidence remains high within the Orchard County camp courtesy of a last-four victory against defending champions North West - a result that helped Armagh make amends for last season’s semi-final exit.

Now the trip to the Omagh area offers another opportunity for revenge, with the prize of Inter-Zone glory the ultimate reward.

“Our previous trophy win came back in the 2010/11 campaign,” said Armagh Zone convenor Jal Richardson. “Hopefully, our record of reaching the latter stages of the Inter-Zone Championships can help in the final.

“The addition of a few fresh faces in key positions has also helped to strengthen the group.”

The Armagh squad: S.Minish (St Mark’s), A.Crozier (Armagh GC), R.Beattie (Drumgor), L.Milligan (Mullavilly); S.Whittle (Cranagill), I.Doone (Drumgor), R.Cassells (St Mark’s), I.Douglas (St Mark’s); A.Crozier (Markethill Pres), E.Trainor (St Anthony’s), A.Patton (Redrock), E.McDonald (St Anthony’s); D.Agnew (St Saviour’s), S.White (St John’s Moira), E.Smyth (Markethill Pres), C.Beattie (Drumgor); M.Wright (St Pat’s Magheralin), G.Garvey (Tullysaran), M.Cassells (St Mark’s), C.Breen (St Anthony’s); F.McNally (St Matthew’s), D.Marshall (Armagh GC), L.Douglas (St Mark’s), P.Beattie (St Mark’s). RESERVES: H.Agnew (St Matthew’s), L.Cassells (Queen Street), E.Lavery (St Mark’s), Z.Minish (Cranagill), J.Mulholland (St Matthew’s).

A bus will run from the Fairgreen Car Park tomorrow (Saturday) at 12 o’clock. Contact Jal Richardson to confirm a seat and post-match meal information.