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Armagh boss Daly hoping Orchard girls can raise the bar

By Staff Reporter

Three Ulster sides go into action today in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship and all entertain viable hopes of reaching the last four.

Donegal and Armagh will open proceedings on a Clones double bill (12.30pm) while immediately afterwards Monaghan will confront Dublin (2.15pm).

Armagh boss James Daly is hoping that his side can step up considerably on their performance in beating Westmeath if they are to get the better of a Donegal side which won the Ulster title for the first time a few weeks ago.

"While we were happy to get over Westmeath, we know that Donegal will be a much bigger obstacle for us now that their confidence is high," pointed out Daly.

He is still unsure if centre-half-back Sinead McCleary will be fit but otherwise will look to players such as Caroline O'Hanlon, Aimee Mackin and Laura McConville to inspire his team against a Donegal side that includes explosive hot-shot Yvonne McMonagle who is proving extremely proficient at registering goals.

The Armagh defence will certainly need to be on their toes to counter the threat that McMonagle in particular will pose.

Donegal's vitality, pace and work-rate will stand them in good stead in a match that could produce a rich harvest of scores.

Monaghan, meanwhile, face Dublin knowing that only an optimum performance will suffice.

Dubs manager Gregory McGonagle is more than familiar with Monaghan's style having managed them before assuming his current role.

Fermanagh will carry the Ulster flag into the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship quarter-finals when they meet Offaly at Mullahoran today (1.30pm).

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