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Mallon aims to keep Armagh on the right road to All-Ireland title

Kelly Mallon
Kelly Mallon
John Campbell

By John Campbell

For decades we have been accustomed to inter-county players who are proficient at football and hurling being described as dual players, but Kelly Mallon now brings her own particular meaning to the label.

Not only is the versatile Mallon set to skipper Armagh against Donegal in the All-Ireland ladies football quarter-final at Healy Park, Omagh today (4.00), but she has just captured the Orchard County senior road bowls ladies title for an astonishing ninth time.

Weaned on the road bowls code since she was young, Mallon eventually exploded onto the sport's big stage and is one of the best exponents of the game.

She has tucked away her latest road bowls award, however, and is strongly focused on seeing Armagh avenge their devastating 9-21 to 4-8 defeat to Donegal in the recent Ulster final.

Obviously her team now faces even greater pressure in today's assignment against Donegal, who many believe can claim the title, but Mallon remains defiant.

"It definitely won't be the same result this time round," she declared. "It's not often we concede such a big score and we want to try and show now just what we are capable of."

Tyrone, meanwhile, will meet Wexford today in an All-Ireland Intermediate Championship quarter-final at O'Raghallaigh Park in Drogheda (2.00).

The Red Hands had a convincing win over Offaly last weekend when Maria Canavan was their top scorer, while players such as Gemma Begley, Niamh O'Neill and Lycrecia Quinn are in hot form at the moment, which augers well for their prospects.

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