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Aimee Mackin points way as Armagh make the last eight in title bid

 

By John Campbelll

Armagh booked a quarter-final meeting with Kerry in the All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship by virtue of a narrow 3-16 to 4-11 victory over a gallant Westmeath side in the qualifiers at the week-end.

The orchard county girls were under pressure for the entire game as their opponents refused to wilt.

Caroline O'Hanlon and the outstanding Aimee Mackin scored early goals to boost Armagh but Westmeath always managed to stay in touch.

They were only two points in arrears at half-time (2-9 to 2-7) and even when Mackin scored her second goal for Armagh, Westmeath refused to throw in the towel.

When Marian McGuinness was sin-binned it appeared as if Armagh might falter in the closing stages but a superb point from Mackin helped them to nose the tape just ahead of their opponents.

There was disappointment for Cavan, Ulster's other representatives at senior level, when they fell to Waterford by 1-15 to 1-13

Fermanagh, meanwhile, maintained their recent dominance over Derry by coming out on top by 2-14 to 1-2 in the All-Ireland Junior Ladies Football Championship.

The Erne side led by 2-7 to 1-0 at half-time by which stage the outcome was beyond doubt. Talented teenager Eimer Smyth along with skipper Aine McGovern and Sharon Murphy were to the fore in stockpiling the winners' total.

In the All-Ireland Premier Junior camogie championship, Armagh proved superior to Roscommon in winning by 3-10 to 0-7.

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