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Murphy is aiming to keep Armagh in top gear


Ronan Murphy. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Ronan Murphy. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Ronan Murphy. Credit: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Armagh ladies football team manager Ronan Murphy certainly made an impressive start to his tenure as his side swept to the Ulster senior title last year and when they meet Tyrone at Healy Park, Omagh tomorrow (2pm) in their Division 2B Lidl National League opener, he is hopeful they can replicate that form.

With Lauren McConville and Fionnuala McKiernan back on board and expected to link up with an experienced corps that includes Kelly Mallon, Eve Lavery, Aoife McCoy, Aimee Ma ckin and Caroline O’Hanlon, the O rchard C ounty look to be in a position to pocket the points.

For new Tyrone boss Kevin McCrystal, this could well prove to be a tough competitive baptism.

Also in Division 2B,  Monaghan will pit their skills against Cavan tomorrow at Clones (12pm) where the home team may have the edge in terms of attacking resources. Former Tyrone manager Gerry Moane will be in charge of Cavan for the first time.

In Division 3A, Down will hope to make the most of home advantage against Sligo at Teconnaught (3pm) while Fermanagh will journey to Roscommon where they will face their hosts at Dr Hyde Park (2pm).

In Division 4A, the new Antrim management team of Emma Kelly and Kyla Trainor face a stiff test of their tactical skills at Celtic Park (2pm) when their team will take on Derry, now overseen by Odhran McNeilly and Benny Marron.

In Division Two of the Littlewoods Camogie League, Down will hope to gain a measure of compensation for their defeat to Antrim last weekend by getting the better of Derry at Castlewellan (2pm). This is a must-win for Derek Dunne’s side but Derry boss Ciaran Cunningham will  have his own side fired up.

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In Division Four,  Tyrone face the long haul to Arklow to take on Wicklow (2p ) while Antrim will have home advantage against Cavan at Randalstown.

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