Armagh ladies hammered by Dublin in All-Ireland semi-final

Aimee Mackin scored a goal for Armagh in their All-Ireland senior semi-final defeat by Dublin
Aimee Mackin scored a goal for Armagh in their All-Ireland senior semi-final defeat by Dublin

Armagh ladies suffered All-Ireland semi-final heartache for the second year in a row losing 2-16 to 2-5 to Dublin in Parnell Park on Saturday.

Caroline O'Hanlon's 14th minute goal kept Armagh in the game early on but they trailed 1-9 to 1-1 at the break.

Dublin moved ten points clear in the second half before Aimee Mackin struck a consolation goal for Armagh.

Cork, who defeated Armagh in the semi-final last year, will play Dublin in this year's decider on 27 September.

Dublin had the hard work done in the first half as they defended in numbers and attacked with real purpose.

Within ten minutes, they were five points clear before captain Lyndsey Davey netted in the 12th minute to open up an eight-point advantage.

After O'Hanlon's goal, Armagh managed just a point for the remainder of the half, scored by teen sensation Aimee Mackin.

Dublin moved ten points clear after the break before Armagh hit three without reply to reduce the gap.

As the game petered out in the final ten minutes, Armagh grabbed a consolation goal from Mackin but Dublin's response was immediate.

Within a minute, Sarah McCaffrey, sister of county footballer Jack, rattled home a brilliant goal for Dublin.

Scorers for Dublin - L Davey 1-2, C Rowe (1f) & N Healy 0-4 each, S McCaffrey 1-0, A Connolly 0-2, S Goldrick, N McEvoy, H Noonan and O Leonard 0-1 each.

Scorers for Armagh - A Mackin 1-1, C O'Hanlon 1-0, K Mallon and F McKenna 0-2 each.