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Armagh ladies face a battle to keep title

By John Campbell

Reigning Ulster senior ladies football champions Armagh will put their title on the line against Monaghan in tomorrow's semi-finals at Kingspan Brefni Park, Cavan.

It was in a thrilling decider last year that the Orchard County girls came out on top against Monaghan by 2-14 to 1-18 and while they will be favourites to win again tomorrow, there is no doubt that Monaghan's pride was hurt on that occasion.

Indeed, Monaghan had been going for their fifth Ulster title on the trot last year until they were halted in their tracks by a determined Armagh outfit.

And Armagh will, as usual, parade an experienced team with Caroline O'Hanlon, Fionnuala McKenna, Kelly Mallon and Mairead Tennyson set to fulfil key roles in their line-up tomorrow.

Armagh manager James Daly, aware that new Monaghan boss Peter Clarke will have his side fired up for battle, will look to his team's combative edge and cohesion to prove decisive.

Catriona McConnell is among the players who will be to the fore in Monaghan's challenge to regain their status as one of the top teams in the country.

In the other semi-final, Tyrone will take on a Donegal side which cruised past a hapless Down by 10-35 to 0-4 in their semi-final.

The match, of course, provided little in the way of an insight into Donegal's capabilities but Yvonne McMonagle's six goals emphasised that he she could pose a threat to Tyrone today if she is plied with possession.

Geraldine McLaughlin and Niamh McLaughlin are other key Donegal players who could have big say in unlocking the Red Hands defence.

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