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Mackin sets stage for Ulster double coup

By John Campbell

Published 21/11/2016

Hat-trick heroine: Aimee Mackin’s three goals inspired Shane O’Neill’s
Hat-trick heroine: Aimee Mackin’s three goals inspired Shane O’Neill’s

Ulster are on the cusp of double All-Ireland glory at senior and intermediate levels in ladies football following two spectacular semi-final triumphs yesterday.

Donaghmoyne overcame favourites Mourneabbey (Cork) by 1-8 to 1-6 in an enthralling encounter while Shane O'Neill's saw off the spirited challenge of London side Parnells by 3-7 to 1-10.

Late points from Caitriona McConnell and Cora Courtney proved crucial in Donaghmoyne's win with their goal having come earlier from Hazel Kingham.

Louise Kerley also played a key role in the win by snapping up four points with Brid O'Sullivan hitting the Mourneabbey goal.

Donaghmoyne manager Francie Coleman is now looking forward to his team's decider against Dublin side Foxrock-Cabinteely at Croke Park on December 4.

"It will be a big task for us but we will be ready for it," he promised.

Meanwhile, Aimee Mackin was in red-hot form for Shane O'Neill's landing all three goals in their win over Parnells.

Mackin proved unstoppable in her side's attack and although Parnells carried a considerable threat up front, the Shane O'Neill's defence stood firm for the most part.

Mackin's first goal came at a stage when her team was under pressure and when she knocked in her second, it was the signal for a concerted onslaught from her side spanning the last quarter.

She also contributed three points in an inspirational display which augurs well for her team's chances in the final.

Her sister Bliathi also played a big part in Shane O'Neill's win as did skipper and centre-half-back Louise Kenny.

Emma Kenny at full back was also very much to the fore for the Armagh side but there is no doubt that scoring machine Aimee Mackin will be the player uppermost in the thoughts of Galway side Annaghdown who will be Shane O'Neill's opponents in the All-Ireland intermediate final - a match that offers the south Armagh club the chance to sample glory.

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