Magee calls for more scores
PATSY Magee says that his Armagh team must up their scoring return if they are to beat Westmeath in this weekend’s All-Ireland Junior A Camogie final replay (October 2, Donaghmore Ashbourne, 2.30pm).
Magee said that their return in the 1-7 draw against the Garden county was something of an anomaly.
“If someone had said to me before the game that Westmeath would only score 1-7, then I would have expected us to win,” said Magee.
“That was probably our lowest scoring return of the year. We have had a high scoring average this year. We got a point midway through the second half, but after that we just weren’t able to get the winning score.”
Two years ago, Armagh were in the final but they lost out to Roscommon. That result still rankles with the county players and perhaps that’s why they were unable to get over the line a fortnight ago.
Though Magee said that he couldn’t explain why they drew the game.
“We didn’t play well and it is hard to put your finger on why that happened because our preparations were good. Perhaps we lacked that wee bit of hunger, and maybe Westmeath had that bit more hunger on the day.
“We hope that we can rectify that this weekend.”
Westmeath were a lot better than Armagh during the first half, and had Brid O’Hagan not scored during the first half, then Armagh would have trailed by six points at the midway point during the game. They improved somewhat in the second half, and they tied the game courtesy of Bernie Murray. Though they failed to score in the last 15 minutes of the match. Top scorer was Collette McSorley with 0-5.
While they were poor in the first half, Magee was pleased with how his team reacted to going behind.
“The girls are very good at managing that situation, they brought a huge intensity to the table. They showed a lot of character to get back into the game during the second half. Other teams might have lost their heads, so they deserve credit.”