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Inspirational Mackin is delighted to play a key role on and off the field

By John Campbell

Armagh star Aimee Mackin celebrated the announcement of her new role as the Ladies' Gaelic Football Association's official 2018 Gaelic4Girls ambassador by masterminding her team's handsome 2-18 to 1-10 victory over Clare yesterday in their Lidl Ladies' National Football League clash.

The Orchard County's success at Milltown-Malby guarantees them a place in the semi-finals and on current form they will fancy their chances of reaching the decider.

Inspired by Mackin, Armagh dominated the first half and led by 1-11 to 0-3 at the break, by which stage Mackin had scored 1-2.

She went on to hit another 1-4 in the second half as Clare reeled from a concerted Armagh onslaught.

Grainne Nolan tried valiantly to keep the home side in some form of contention by hitting scores from play and frees but with Aoife McCoy, Fionnuala McKenna and Lauren Kelly offering efficient support to Mackin, there was simply no stopping the visitors.

"It's an honour to have been chosen as an ambassador within the ladies' game and I am looking forward to carrying out my role," said Mackin.

But there was disappointment for Tyrone, who had hoped to join Ulster rivals Armagh in the last-four.

They lost to Cavan at Drumgath by 1-18 to 1-9, where they had no answer to the assured shooting skills of Aisling Donnan, while a Donna English goal in the last quarter lent added gloss to the visitors' handsome victory.

Cavan were ahead by 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time and when the Smiths, Bronagh and Catriona, hit points immediately after the resumption of play, it put their side on an unstoppable victory surge.

In Division One, Donegal turned in a stunning performance to beat fancied Cork by 4-11 to 2-3, with Yvonne Bonner scoring 2-3.

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