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John Campbell

By John Campbell

Armagh made it five wins on the trot when they overcame Clare by 3-11 to 2-10 in division two of the Lidl Ladies National Football league at Dromintee at the week-end.

But in contrast to some of their earlier games, the Orchard county were pushed to the limit against the Banner county who showed considerable resolve and tenacity after having trailed by 1-10 to 0-3 at half-time.

With 10 minutes left to play, Clare had managed to get back on level terms by tacking on 2-4 (2-7 to 1-10) with Niamh O'Dea their scorer-in-chief while their hosts had been held scoreless up until then.

But Armagh's experience and opportunism surfaced in the closing stages when Aoife McCoy and Aimee Mackin plundered what proved to be invaluable goals to ease their side over the line.

Armagh are now in a strong position to claim both the title and promotion but they are taking nothing for granted.

Tyrone, though, found Waterford difficult to break down and fell by 1-9 to 1-7.

The Red Hand girls led by a point at half-time (1-2 to 0-4) but a Maria Delahaunty goal midway through the second half was the springboard for Waterford's win with Eimear Fennell converting several frees.

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