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Orchard girls in form to net rich pickings from Donegal

By John Campbell

Armagh hope to take another step towards provincial glory when they meet Donegal in the Ulster Ladies Football senior championship at Lisnaskea tomorrow.

The Orchard County side, inspired by skipper Caroline O'Hanlon, sent out a strong message when they overcame Tyrone (2-17 to 1-5) in their opening game.

Katie Daly, Lauren McConville, Mags McAlinden and Fionnuala McKenna are other key members of an Armagh side who were particularly impressive in their demolition of the Red Hands.

Manager James Daly, though, is taking nothing for granted against a Donegal side that is a mixture of youth and experience.

"While it was good to get over Tyrone, there are other some very strong sides left," he said.

Today at Crossmaglen (4pm), Monaghan meet Cavan in the other senior semi-final, with Monaghan the favourites to progress.

Former Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Leitrim and Mayo senior joint men's team boss John Morrison is currently in charge of Monaghan and has planned carefully for today's confrontation.

"Training has gone well and we have key players back in action. It should be an interesting game to say the least," said Morrison.

In the Ulster Intermediate Championship, Fermanagh will take on Antrim also at Crossmaglen today (2pm).

Fermanagh have lost to Down in the competition already, but in Caroline Little they possess one of the hottest forwards in the province. She scored 2-4 of her team's total of 2-7 against Down.

Meanwhile, the Feile na nGael moves into overdrive today when a host of matches in this popular under-age competition take place at venues in Derry and Tyrone.

Derry's centre of excellence at Owenbeg and Tyrone's complex at Garvaghey will host tomorrow's finals in camogie and hurling.

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