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Smyth laps up the plaudits as Fermanagh turn on style to win

By John Campbell

Eimear Smyth has certainly lost no time in making her presence felt once again in the Lidl Ladies National Football League.

It was as a precocious 16-year-old that the talented forward made a huge impression with Fermanagh last year and now, having taken delivery of the Quinn Building Products Ulster GAA Writers' Association Ladies Footballer of the Year award, she is back to her lethal best.

Yesterday Smyth, a student at Mount Lourdes, Enniskillen proved a dynamic force as Fermanagh powered to a fine 3-10 to 2-5 win over Louth.

The Louth defence simply could not cope with her pace or creativity and after leading by 2-3 to 0-4 at the break, Fermanagh, with Smyth very much to the fore, took control.

It was after Danielle McManus scored Fermanagh's first goal that Smyth moved into the driving seat, helping herself to her team's next two goals as well as pirating a raft of points.

But while Fermanagh are making progress in Division Four, there is certainly not the slightest element of complacency within their camp.

"Obviously it's tough in there because every side wants to improve their status and we certainly are no different to the rest of them," points out Smyth, "We made headway last year but the challenge for us now is to build on this. We have some big matches coming up and we want to try and achieve the best level of consistency that we can."

Antrim were also in fine form yesterday as they cantered to an impressive 5-14 to 1-3 win over a Kilkenny side that offered little in the way of realistic opposition.

But Derry found the going particularly tough against Carlow to whom they succumbed by 4-7 to 1-4 in a match in which their defence proved vulnerable.

Cavan, meanwhile, got the better of Clare by 3-10 to 3-5 with Aishling Doonan and Ailish Considine leading their parade of scorers.

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