Extra-time agony for Donegal in Clones

Donegal and Armagh came very close to another penalty shoot-out at Clones on Sunday as the counties’ LGFA football teams served up a memorable Ulster final, which saw the Orchard women edge to victory on a final scoreline of 0-17 to 1-13.

Despite losing their star forward Aimee Mackin to injury, Armagh led 0-12 to 0-8 with two minutes left in normal time.

However, Donegal forced extra time as a Katy Herron goal was followed by an excellent long-range free by Susanne White.

White brought up her haul to 0-8 as Donegal twice led by one in the second period of extra time but late points from Lauren McConville and Niamh Reel enabled Armagh to snatch victory.

After the Armagh men’s side last weekend blew a glorious chance to win a first Ulster title since 2008 as they squandered a four-point lead to lose to Donegal in a penalty shootout, the Orchard women looked in danger of suffering a similar fate when John McNulty’s side dramatically forced extra time.

But Armagh regained their nerve late in extra time to win a seventh provincial title as they avenged their final defeat last year, to repeat the one-point victories they achieved over Donegal in the 2021 and 2022 provincial deciders.

TG4 Ulster SFC final
Armagh 0-17 Donegal 1-13 (after extra-time)

TG4 Ulster IFC final
Down 2-9 Monaghan 0-14