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McGourty return can give Down huge boost for tough Cork tie

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Down face a daunting away assignment against Cork in Division 2 Group 1 of the Littlewoods All-Ireland camogie league at the Cork camogie grounds tomorrow (2.00pm).

The Mourne girls have three points to date but manager Martina Rooney has had to plan without her Clonduff contingent who have not returned to inter-county action yet following the club's All-Ireland intermediate championship triumph.

But the return of Catherine McGourty is a boost to the side while Niamh Mallon, one of the best players in the province, is currently in top form.

Armagh meanwhile face a tricky mission against Wexford in Division 2 Group 2 particularly as they will be without the experienced Grainne Kelly who is recovering from injury.

On the credit side Leanne Donnelly is leading from the front while the vastly experienced Colette McSorley is again revealing a deft scoring touch.

Armagh were given a walk-over against Kerry who were unable to field a team against them but this decision could yet be appealed.

Antrim face Laois in what is a must-win game for the Saffrons if they are to avoid finding themselves in a relegation play-off.

They have been unable to achieve a level of consistency but a win over Laois could do much for morale within the side.

Derry travel to face Dublin at the Parnells club ground and could well return with maximum points while Tyrone will take on Wicklow in Division 3 anxious to collect a much-needed brace of points.

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