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Mackin magic helps Orchard edge out Dublin

By John Campbell

Published 04/04/2016

Key player: Caroline O’Hanlon starred for Armagh
Key player: Caroline O’Hanlon starred for Armagh

The word burn-out has obviously not entered the dictionary of the Armagh ladies gaelic football team. And most certainly not as far as Caroline O'Hanlon and Aimee Mackin are concerned.

Just 24 hours after helping Northern Ireland overcome Scotland in a netball international in Lisburn, O'Hanlon anchored the Orchard county midfield in a superb 2-10 to 3-6 win in Division One of the National League against Dublin at the Athletic Grounds yesterday.

And Mackin switched her focus from preparing for Northern Ireland's forthcoming European Women's Championship football qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Italy to emerge as player of the match, by landing 1-7.

Armagh manager Ronan Clarke said: "We maybe made it a bit difficult for ourselves in the second-half but we got over the line in the end."

Armagh led by 1-6 to 1-3 at half-time by which stage Mackin had already stamped her considerable imprint on the contest.

She landed five of Armagh's first-half points and with Niamh Marley having potted an opportunist goal the Orchard county had overturned Dublin's early advantage chiefly gained through Sinead Aherne's sixth minute goal.

But Armagh moved into a comfortable position in the early stages of the second-half when the irresistible Mackin swept home a superb goal to put her side in front by 2-8 to 1-4.

It was then that Dublin launched a robust revival.

Niamh McEvoy and Lyndsey Davey pounced for goals and suddenly the visitors were very much back in business at 2-10 to 3-5.

But Armagh managed to hold out to claim a precious two points by the narrowest of margins in the end.

Armagh scorers: A Mackin 1-7, N Marley 1-0, F McKennaa, K Mallon, A Henderson 0-1 each.

Dublin scorers: L Davey, S Aherne, N McEvoy 1-1 each, N Owens, C Rowe, O Leonard 0-1 each.

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