Daly delivers for Armagh
Tuesday, 13 May 2014
ARMAGH manager James Daly heaped praise on Orchard hero Caoimhe Morgan for her courageous role in thwarting Waterford's attempts to tear up the NFL final script in Parnell Park.
In the end, the favourites won Saturday's Dublin decider by a comfortable-looking margin of nine points but the outcome might have been different but for the inspired performance of Armagh's full-back.
The veteran vice-captain produced two brilliant blocks to deny Waterford certain goals and worked like a Trojan in the Orchard cause. "The scoreline shows we won by nine but we let our guard down for 10 minutes in the second half from being in a very strong position and encouraged Waterford back into it," said Daly.
“They're a team with significant fire-power but we've lot a experience in our backs and some of the performances, particularly Caoimhe Morgan and Mairead Tennyson, were unreal. This win was built on their efforts.
“They kept the door shut and the fact Waterford only got six scores in a whole hour of football is testament to how effective they were. We moved Mairead back into corner back last summer and now we have a very solid full back line in her, Caoimhe and Sarah (Marley).
“Caoimhe is an absolute leader all the time, who drives everything relentlessly. What we get from her couldn't be bought because she's such a phenomenal player as well as a leader. The intensity she brings set standards for everyone else," he said.
Daly admitted that Saturday's contest may not have attracted many new followers to the Ladies game but was content that it was his side going back up the M1 with silverware.
“Finals are all about winning and who goes home with the cup is what counts.
“We came here last year and were in cruise control but didn't put Down away. Today we were up by 10 points but they got a goal and a point and then a penalty which could have changed things," Daly said.
“But our girls showed great character and dug it out to secure our objective of promotion. Our goal just before half-time was a great score for us and put us in an ideal position but I don't think that complacency crept in, more that a good Waterford team picked up and pushed on a bit."
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