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Mourne girls aiming to boost hopes after a frustrating start

By John Campbell

Down certainly did not enjoy the start they had hoped for when they met Clare in Group 3 Round 1 of the All-Ireland Ladies' Intermediate Football Championship last weekend.

Clare proved much too strong for the Mourne girls and won by 2-17 to 1-9, leaving them going into tomorrow's match against Wexford at St Margaret's, Dublin (2pm) knowing that nothing less than a win will do if they are to have any hope of making it into the next phase.

Down had hoped to get off to a good start against a Clare side that took their scoring chances well, and tomorrow they certainly cannot afford to allow Wexford to steal a march on them.

They will look to the experienced Kyla Trainor and Jessica Foy to underpin their challenge.

Meanwhile, Monaghan hope to land their first win in Group 2 Round 2 of the All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship when they face a strong Cork side at Birr today (3pm).

Monaghan were held to a draw by neighbours Armagh last weekend (1-11 each) but know that victory over the Rebel County will enhance their chances of emerging from Group 2.

Team boss Annemarie Burns can look to a shoal of experienced players including Muireann Atkinson, Eimear McAnespie, Hazel Kingham, Rosemary Courtney, Sharon Courtney and Ellen McCarron to spark her team's display against a Cork side who hope to have Doireann O'Sullivan fit for action.

Also today, in Group 1 Round 2, Donegal will be bolstered by the returns of Yvonne Bonner and Aoife McDonnell for their clash with Tipperary, while Cavan will face Dublin at Lannliere (2pm).

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