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Aimee Mackin back to boost Armagh's bid to book All-Ireland quarter-final place

By John Campbell

Armagh will bid to take a step into the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship quarter-finals when they face high-flying Cork at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe today (3.45pm).

The Orchard county hope to have ace scorer Aimee Mackin back in their forward line, while Kelly Mallon is also on the scent of a starting place having recovered from injury.

Victories by Armagh over Cork in the All-Ireland series are rare indeed but, should they come out on top today, this would earn them a last eight tilt against Westmeath.

Caroline O'Hanlon, Lauren McConville and Blaithnaid Mackin are other key players in an Armagh side who will find Cork in top gear following their drubbing of hapless Monaghan last weekend.

Donegal will face Kerry at Dr Hyde Park with manager Maxie Curran hoping that key forwards Yvonne Bonner, Geraldine McLaughlin and Karen Guthrie can deliver the goods once again.

In the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship, Gemma Begley looks set to mastermind what should be a comprehensive win for Tyrone over Offaly in Group 2, while in Group 4 struggling Fermanagh, who lost heavily to Meath, could find the going difficult against Roscommon.

In the All-Ireland Junior Championshipm, Derry will host Limerick today at Ballymaguigan where they will hope to land a win that would push them closer to a last eight slot.

Meanwhile, Antrim will face London at Musgrave Park (12.30) in the knowledge that a win could revitalise their campaign. The Saffrons' line-up is a useful fusion of youth and experience.

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