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Manager Clarke: Orchard girls can build on historic win

By Staff Reporter

Published 09/04/2016

Pointing ahead: Aimee Mackin hit 1-7 in the win over Dublin
Pointing ahead: Aimee Mackin hit 1-7 in the win over Dublin

Armagh manager Ronan Clarke is proving that even in adversity he can fashion progress for his side in the Lidl Ladies Football National League.

Clarke found himself without upwards of a dozen players for last Sunday's historic first win over Dublin at senior level and now he is hoping that they can claim another significant scalp against Cork tomorrow.

Never one to shirk a challenge, Clarke has cleverly bolstered his resources to the extent that his team are given a strong chance against a Cork side that has been a dominant force in the ladies game for some time.

Aimee Mackin's towering contribution in scoring 1-7 against the Dubs, the experience of Caroline O'Hanlon and Niamh Marley, the subtle skills of Kelly Mallon and the flair of Blaithin Mackin underpin an Armagh side that had lost ground prior to that win over Dublin.

A win tomorrow would thrust the Orchard girls into the league semi-finals but Cork are invariably formidable opponents and Clarke is anxious to see his side keep their guard up.

Tyrone have already suffered relegation to Division Two following a disappointing campaign that saw the inexperience of their team exposed on occasions.

They are scheduled to meet Kerry tomorrow but cannot hold out too much hope.

Meanwhile, Monaghan face a stiff test against Mayo, who beat Tyrone last weekend and look destined to remain at the top.

In Division Two, Donegal are still racking up impressive scores and face Cavan - a game they should win on current form - while Fermanagh and Down meet in Division Three.

Down have not had their sorrows to seek in the competition because of their lack of playing resources and may find the going difficult.

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