Laois face tough task in formidable Armagh side

Inspirational midfielder and captain Caroline O’Hanlon returns for Orchard County

Armagh’s Caroline O’Hanlon returns from the Commonwealth Games

Armagh’s Caroline O’Hanlon returns from the Commonwealth Games

 

Laois marked a welcome return to form with an impressive qualifier victory over Cavan last weekend but the O’Moore County face a huge step-up in class when they tackle Armagh in Tullamore on Saturday.

Armagh’s biggest problem is that they haven’t played a competitive game for almost six weeks, since beating Monaghan in the Ulster final last month.

Capable player

Inspirational midfielder Caroline O’Hanlon has returned from the Commonwealth Games, where she played for Northern Ireland, and the team captain will spearhead the challenge.

But Armagh should be wary of a Laois team that was obviously stung by the criticism that came their way following the heavy Leinster championship to Dublin.

They showed admirable spirit, resolve and a goalscoring touch to floor 2013 TG4 All-Ireland intermediate champions Cavan last weekend but Armagh will present a more formidable challenge. Verdict: Armagh

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