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Orchard girls prove too strong for youthful Tyrone side

Published 08/02/2016

Ronan Clarke is in charge of Armagh ladies team
Ronan Clarke is in charge of Armagh ladies team

Armagh ladies marked their return to the top table of ladies football with an impressive win over a young Tyrone side at the St Mary's base in Killyclogher.

Both the Red Hand and Orchard counties were having their first competitive outings of the LIDL Division One campaign following postponements of their respective round one fixtures.

Armagh arrived at Drumquin with new boss Ronan Clarke and the camp keen to make a statement of intent after promotion last season to the top tier, whereas Tyrone had only just appointed Gerry Moane as their new manager and were fielding several debutantes.

A more experienced Armagh team took command of the match and ran out convincing 3-20 to 0-3 winners, although Tyrone kept battling well on what was a steep learning curve for the young squad.

Caroline O'Hanlon, Aimee Macklin and company chalked up a steady flow of Armagh scores as they made the journey home with two opening league points in safe keeping.

Cavan, meanwhile, recorded a good away win in Division Two over Meath but Fermanagh garnered little joy from their Division Three trek to Tipperary. Down also found the going tough against Leitrim.

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