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Armagh ladies turn on style to go top of the class on two fronts

Kelly Mallon
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John Campbell

By John Campbell

Armagh landed a double coup in ladies football at the week-end when the senior county team reached the Division Two semi-finals of the Lidl National League and the St Catherine's College side from the Primatial city clinched the Lidl All-Ireland PPS Junior A Championship title.

Yesterday the senior side looked sharp in overcoming Wexford by 2-13 to 1-8 with skipper Kelly Mallon grabbing 1-6 and Aoife McCoy helping herself to 1-3. But although they have achieved a high level of consistency overall, Armagh have already been beaten by Kerry and can take nothing for granted as they ponder semi-final action.

They will not know their opponents until after next week-end's re-arranged game between Kerry and Cavan takes place.

Tyrone meanwhile, stepped up on recent performance levels by surprising Kerry at Coalisland where they won by 2-16 to 3-10 to retain their place in Division Two after what for them has been a fraught campaign.

Chloe McCaffrey was among the Tyrone players who hit the high spots in this game which provided her side with some consolation following four successive defeats.

There were wins for Down and Antrim, too, yesterday with the Mourne county getting the better of Meath by 1-16 to 1-9 to retain their status in Division Three while the Saffrons showed character and courage in easing past fancied Carlow by 1-13 to 1-11 to make it into the Division Four semi-finals.

The semi-final pairings will not be known until after Fermanagh and Louth cross swords next week-end in another re-arranged tie.

Meanwhile, St Catherine's College, Armagh certainly hit the high spots in beating Coláiste Bhaile Chláir, Galway in a thrilling schools' final at Mohill.

The Armagh side's 3-4 to 2-3 victory owed much to two goals from Hannah Duffy and another from Eva Lamb while the superb Casey Mullan deservedly lifted the Player of the Match accolade.

The Primatial City team, coached by Ciara Marley, led by 2-2 to 1-2 at the interval after Sarah Cogley's goal had breathed new life into their opponents and when Chellene Trill hit the net again in the second-half the stage was set for a rousing finish.

But with the inspirational Casey a driving force throughout, the Armagh school held out to collect the title.

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