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Begley capable of shooting Red Hands closer to semi-final slot

 

By John Campbell

Tyrone have made an encouraging start to their campaign in Division Two of the Lidl Ladies Football National League but they will face a stern test of their credentials when they confront Tipperary at Drumragh tomorrow (1.00pm).

This will be a repeat of last year's All-Ireland Intermediate final and the Red Hands are determined to maintain their impressive form to date.

They were certainly in fine scoring fettle when they chalked up 5-14 against Sligo last week-end with Gemma Begley grabbing three of their goals.

Begley can prove a central figure again while Emma Jane Girvan and Grainne Rafferty are also capable of getting on the scoresheet.

Victory would see Tyrone edge closer to a semi-final spot and manager Gerry Moane is hoping that his side can flourish.

Armagh face a trip to Sligo boosted by their hard-earned draw against Cavan last weekend in a match which saw the orchard county girls come up against their former manager James Daly.

Aimee Mackin, who lifted the Ladies Footballer of the Year last Friday, promptly provided further proof of her status by scoring eight points against Cavan.

Down certainly created an upset by the efficient manner in which they disposed of Roscommon last weekend (5-6 to 2-9) and they will now enter the fray in good heart against Longford.

Meanwhile, Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle will meet Presentation Convent, Thurles in the All-Ireland Senior 'A' Schools' camogie semi-final today at Cushendun (12.00).

The Ballycastle side encountered difficulty in beating St Louis, Ballymena in the Ulster decider and will need to raise their game if they hope to get the better of their Munster opponents.

Maeve Kelly and Roisin McCormick can, however, help to fire up the Cross and Passion attack while Bronagh McKeague, Catherine McShane and Finvola McVeigh will have key roles in defence.

The O'Connor sisters Molly and Lucy are central figures in a Presentation Convent side that was stretched to the limit by Coachford from Cork in the Munster decider.

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