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O'Kane hails his girls as Armagh stun All-Ireland champions Cork

Ladies Football

By John Campbell

Armagh certainly upset the applecart in the Ladies National Football League yesterday when they produced a stunning display of skill, commitment and courage to beat reigning league and All-Ireland champions Cork by 0-12 to 0-9 at Clonmore.

Afterwards, Orchard County boss Sean O'Kane hailed what he felt was the "superb work-rate" of his side and expressed the hope that the win would be a portent of better things to come.

"We lost heavily to Donegal last weekend while Cork walloped Kerry so we were not given any chance but I am very proud of the way my players responded," said Tyrone native O'Kane.

"They showed a super work-rate, took their scores well and held their nerve."

Aimee Mackin scored five points, Caroline O'Hanlon was a dynamic force in the middle third and skipper Caoimhe Morgan led by splendid example.

And Tyrone certainly came up trumps in their match against Kildare, which they won by 4-8 to 2-12.

The Red Hands provided the game's outstanding player in Gemma Begley, who scored all four goals and tortured the Kildare defence throughout.

Her pace and finishing power proved too much and while the Tyrone rearguard conceded rather too much, the acquisition of a brace of points has boosted morale for the league.

Kildare's tenacity and stamina stood them in good stead but they were unable to cope with their visitors' flair.

Fermanagh, too, sampled victory by beating Kilkenny by 3- 8 to 0-7.

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