Ballyhegan pair part of Armagh panel in final defeat

Sarah-Louise Doherty from Ballyhegan with her father, Paul, following Armagh minors' Ulster Championship glory.
Sarah-Louise Doherty from Ballyhegan with her father, Paul, following Armagh minors' Ulster Championship glory.

An Armagh panel that included Ballyhegan connections suffered All-Ireland defeat to Tipperary for the second successive season on Saturday.

The Orchard County ladies’ lost out to Tipperary in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final and finished down by 3-12 to 3-8 in last weekend’s Minor B Championship final.

Armagh made the trip to Kinnegad with Ballyhegan’s Paul Doherty part of the backroom team and his daughter, Sarah-Louise, in the players’ panel.

Tipperary enjoyed scoring success either side of the interval to enjoy an advantage that remained strong despite Armagh’s late push.

Two goals inside 10 minutes arrived for Armagh off Aoife Kane and Blaithin Mackin but the thrilling final entered half-time with Tipperary up by 3-5 to 2-2.

Aimee Mackin, the Armagh captain, added a goal and point to steer the Ulster champions back into contention.

The defending champions, however, managed to maintain control despite Armagh’s efforts to close the gap.