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Marley offers Murphy an early boost in his new Armagh role

 

Kelly Mallon

New Armagh ladies football team manager Ronan Murphy has received an early boost now that the talented Niamh Marley has made herself available for the season ahead.

It had been anticipated that Marley would pursue a career in rugby this year but she has now decided to throw in her lot with the Orchard county.

The Lissummon ace briefly dabbled with the oval ball code a couple of years ago before needing major knee surgery and giving rugby another try seemed to be on her agenda since returning to fitness.

However, she has kicked rugby into touch and instead is expected to get game time when Armagh meet Clare in Division Two of the Lidl Ladies National Football League at Doonbeg tomorrow (12.00).

Armagh are particularly keen to get off the mark with a win and it is expected that they will look to players such as Kelly Mallon, Aoife McCoy and Caroline O'Hanlon if available to be in the vanguard of their challenge for the brace of points on offer.

Tyrone will travel to Meath for what could prove to be a tricky encounter with the home side.

Gerry Moane has been re-appointed as Tyrone boss for a three-year term and the indications are that he will seek to build on the squad. Players such as Maebh Woods, Christianne Hunter, Niamh McGirr and Emma Jane Gervin can keep the Red Hand ladies in the quest for honours.

Belfast Telegraph