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Morrison is taking split loyalties in his stride

By John Campbell

Former Armagh manager John Morrison will find himself with divided loyalties tomorrow.

The much-travelled Morrison – in tandem with Mickey Moran he was in charge of Derry, Donegal, Leitrim, and Mayo in the past – is currently manager of the Monaghan ladies team that will face the Orchard County in the Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship final at Clones (1.30pm).

And immediately after the game ends, Morrison will don his journalistic hat to cover the Monaghan v Armagh Ulster semi-final replay for his local newspaper.

It promises to be a busy day for the affable former schoolteacher but he is taking everything in his confident stride.

"Obviously I will be hoping that Monaghan ladies come out on top but Armagh were very impressive in beating Tyrone by a big margin the last day. They have some good players like Caroline O'Hanlon, Lauren McConville, Mags McAlinden among others and they will be very difficult to overcome," insists Morrison.

Monaghan, though, are going for their fifth successive title and in Christina Reilly, Sharon Courtney and Niamh Kindlon they have outstanding players.

In the Ulster Intermediate final, Down will meet Fermanagh at Aughnamullan (5.00pm) where the Mourne side will place their scoring hopes on Ciara Fitzpatrick, Lisa Morgan and Aileen Pyres while Caroline Little will carry the main thrust of Fermanagh's scoring power.

Meanwhile, Derry will travel to face Offaly in the Liberty Insurance Senior Camogie Championship today boosted by their fine 2-12 to 1-9 win over Tipperary.

Grainne McGoldrick, Grainne McNicholl and Karen Kielt will again have key roles in a Derry side for whom victory would thrust them into a strong position in the round robin series.

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