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Caroline O'Hanlon is hoping to home in on victory

By John Campbell

Armagh captain Caroline O'Hanlon, a busy doctor at Craigavon Area Hospital, hopes to come up with the right prescription for success when her team takes on Tyrone in the Ulster Ladies football championship at the Athletic Grounds tomorrow (2.15pm).

The Orchard County cannot quite match Tyrone's profile but O'Hanlon believes that the rare treat of playing in front a big home ground can bring the best out of her side.

"There is a very intense rivalry between Armagh and Tyrone and the fact that we can expect strong vocal backing tomorrow is a significant bonus," she points out.

The home team boast an array of experienced players with Katie Daly, Mairead Tennyson, Caoimhe Morgan and Fionnuala McKenna to the fore and their craft and wiles will certainly be required against a Tyrone side that will be led by skipper Gemma Begley.

No stranger to honours, Begley played a key role when Ulster won the inter-provincial title.

"We have a lot of good players in this Tyrone side but Armagh will be very hard to beat at home," she said. "They have players who have been successful at different levels and won't fear facing us."

In the Ulster Intermediate championship, champions Fermanagh will put their title on the line against Down tomorrow at Aughnamullan (2.00pm).

It has been a disappointing year to date for the Ernesiders whereas Down have been making steady progress and they beat Fermanagh by a handsome margin in the league recently.

Down manager Mark Copeland has injury worries, though, which could impact on the strength of his side for a key game in the race for the title.

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