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A birthday to remember as Caroline inspires Armagh

By Declan Bogue

Caroline O'Hanlon put on an All-Star performance on her birthday as Armagh had simply too much for Westmeath in Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier.

James Daly's ladies' side finished up 1-15 to 0-9 winners at Kingspan Breffni Park and they will now go on to meet Donegal in an Ulster derby as they eye silverware on a national level.

The sides had been evenly matched for three-quarters of the encounter and were tied at 0-7 each when Aimee Mackin pointed a supreme effort to put Armagh back in front.

Moments later, centre-forward Kelly Mallon charged through the middle and sent a crashing shot to the Westmeath net, with a point from the same player leaving five between the teams straight after that.

Chloe Kelly and Maher did have further Westmeath points but Armagh defended well against the goal threat. Aoife Lennon, McKenna and Mackin were all on target as they marched on into the last eight.

Meanwhile, the border rivalry between Cavan and Monaghan was played along familiar lines as the Farney girls produced a comprehensive win, triumphing 4-13 to 1-4 at the later game in Cavan.

On a miserable day for the male counterparts - Monaghan ladies put the disappointment of unexpectedly losing the Ulster final to Donegal behind them.

The irrepressible Catriona McConnell crowned an excellent overall performance with three goals and six points, while Ellen McCarron, sister of Monaghan senior player Jack, accounted for the other major.

In the Intermediate Championship, Antrim were dealt a harsh lesson by Wexford as they bowed out of the series on a 3-19 to 1-3 scoreline.

In the All-Ireland under-21 B Hurling Championship, the Armagh tie against Roscommon was called off on Friday, with the Orchard hurlers unable to field.

The other game of an Ulster concern saw Donegal lose to Mayo by 1-14 to 1-6 in Letterkenny.

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