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Orchard girls face an uphill battle to stay in top tier


Armagh scoring ace Aimee Mackin has a

Armagh scoring ace Aimee Mackin has a

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Armagh scoring ace Aimee Mackin has a

Ladies football: Armagh face a do or die showdown with Monaghan in the Lidl Ladies National Football League tomorrow.

Defeat would send Sean O'Kane's side plunging into Division Two, something that might not have seemed possible when they beat All-Ireland champions Cork earlier in the competition.

"We were disappointed to lose out to Monaghan in our scheduled game last weekend when we missed five or six goal chances and now we have to try and show our best form," said O'Kane.

Aimee Mackin and Caroline O'Hanlon can help ignite the Orchard County team against a Monaghan side that will have the bit between their teeth.

At the top end of the table, Donegal will bid to book their place in the last four when they meet Mayo.

Donegal will go into this game buoyed by a fine win over Cork last weekend (3-16 to 0-12) when Yvonne McMonagle and Geraldine McLaughlin scored 3-10 between them.

Mayo will look to Cora Staunton, their most experienced player, to fire up their challenge. A Mayo win would see four teams finish with 12 points each from the group stages, ensuring that the three remaining last-four slots are decided by scoring difference with Cork already in the semi-finals.

Belfast Telegraph