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Mackin girls blossoming as Orchard dream big

By John Campbell

Aimee Mackin has grown accustomed to flying the flag for her family with the Armagh ladies football team. But now her thunder is being stolen to some extent by younger sister Blaithin.

When the Orchard County racked up their second win in the Lidl National League Division One last Sunday, overcoming Kerry 4-11 to 0-12, it was the Mackins who did most of the damage.

Queen's University student Aimee landed two goals and, not to be outdone, Blaithin pounced for one of her own in an emphatic victory. Monaghan are next up tomorrow and Armagh will approach the game with caution despite their impressive performances to date.

Manager Ronan Clarke said: "We will take one game at a time. There is talk of making the play-offs but anything can happen. Division One is very competitive and you have to be prepared for all eventualities."

Monaghan have yet to find the form that made them a force in recent seasons but with players such as Sharon Courtney, Grainne McNally, Therese Scott and the talented McAnespie twins, Eimear and Ciara, in their ranks they can still prove a formidable force.

But the fact that Armagh have scored a whopping 7-31 in their two matches to date certainly puts them in position to land a hat-trick of wins.

Tyrone have been finding the going tough having lost to Armagh and Cork and cannot feel too optimistic about their chances against Galway tomorrow. A number of experienced players have taken their leave which means that manager Gerry Mone is left with a rather inexperienced squad to work with.

Fermanagh will face Waterford at home and have a chance of making an impact in Division Three, although they could be missing a couple of key players.

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