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Hotshot Begley has sights set on netting top spot for Tyrone

 

By John Campbell

Gemma Begley has lost no time getting into her stride in the Tyrone attack and tomorrow she will have a key role against Tipperary in Division Two of the Lidl Ladies National Football League at Drumragh (2.00).

Begley's penchant for snapping up goals has highlighted the Red Hands' two wins to date and victory tomorrow could see them move clear at the top of the table.

The teams met in last year's All-Ireland Intermediate championship final when Tipperary came out on top so they will certainly be familiar with each other's style of play.

Tyrone manager Gerry Moane is watching his fresh blend of youth and experience begin to make an impact and victory tomorrow would prove a major boost in terms of their drive for promotion to the top tier.

Also in Division Two, Armagh will need to be on their toes even though they will be facing a Sligo side that has suffered back-to-back defeats to date.

Armagh lost narrowly to Tipperary in their opening game before holding Cavan to a draw but their free-scoring forward Aimee Mackin acknowledges that victory is essential tomorrow if they are to stay in the hunt to move up.

"It was good to get that draw against Cavan but obviously we are particularly keen to record our first win. We certainly cannot afford to lose any more ground," says Mackin.

Meanwhile, Monaghan find themselves in the rather unusual position of being pointless in Division One after falling to Galway and Mayo. In recent years Monaghan have been very much to the fore in the ladies game but they are currently undergoing a transitional period.

New manager Annmarie Burns has drafted in a number of untried players and is working towards achieving a fresh level of cohesion.

Monaghan face Kerry at Blanchardstown today in a re-arranged match from last week-end and badly need a win if they to make any impact in the top sector.

Kerry have already beaten Mayo and with ace scorer Louise Ni Muirheartaigh in fine form they may take a lot of stopping, particularly as victory could bolster their chances of landing the title.

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