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Hot-shot Niamh aims to point Tyrone past difficult Leitrim test

 

By John Campbell

Tyrone are steeled for a stiff examination of their talents when they meet Leitrim in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship at Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow (3.15pm).

They may have racked up some impressive scores in their surge through Ulster, but the Red Hands will now be confronting a Leitrim side that overwhelmed Longford by 7-17 to 2-20 in their last outing.

It's a result that has certainly provided food for thought within the Tyrone camp, but goalkeeper Shannon Lynch, who has morphed into an outstanding custodian, is unfazed by the challenge she faces.

While she will attempt to thwart Leitrim at one end of the field, Niamh O'Neill will bid to replicate her scoring prowess at the other end.

O'Neill has been showing impressive finishing power to date and, if she is provided with quality possession, she can put scores on the board.

Christianne Hunter, meanwhile, brings stability to the Tyrone side, who will need to hit top form if they are to win and make progress.

In the All-Ireland ladies football semi-final, Donegal will look to their dynamic sharpshooters Geraldine McLoughlin and Yvonne McMonagle to gun down Mayo.

Mayo's Cora Staunton has already sent out a sharp warning that she will require careful policing by the manner in which she scored 1-11 of her team's total of 3-20 when they beat Kildare in their last outing.

In the All-Ireland intermediate camogie semi-final, Derry will face a Cork side that is in a rich vein of form at the Donoughmore/Ashbourne club in Meath (2.00pm).

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