Sunday 23 October 2016

Teen star Mackin keeps Armagh winning

Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30

Aimee Mackin has been described by experienced midfielder Caroline O’Hanlon as a 'phenomenal talent'. Photo: Sportsfile
Aimee Mackin has been described by experienced midfielder Caroline O’Hanlon as a 'phenomenal talent'. Photo: Sportsfile

Ronan Clarke's Armagh made it three wins from three in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League on Sunday.

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Promoted as champions, Armagh have wasted little time in the top flight and they inflicted a 2-14 to 2-9 defeat on Monaghan at Pearse Ógs.

Monaghan conceded home advantage to Armagh as they didn't have a ground to play on and the hosts took full advantage, recovering from a sluggish start to maintain their 100pc start to the League.

Cora Courtney and Ciara McAnespie netted goals within a minute to hand Monaghan an early 2-0 to 0-2 lead.

But Armagh struck back with a goal from teenage attacker Aimee Mackin (pictured), described by experienced midfielder Caroline O'Hanlon as a "phenomenal talent".

Mackin finished with a personal haul of 1-5 and the Orchard County led by 2-9 to 2-3 at half-time after Lauren McConville grabbed their second goal, with Mackin providing the assist.

Something has to give next weekend when Mayo and Armagh, who have collected maximum points to date, meet in a top-of-the-table tie.

Mackin's sister Blaithin, another rising star, also registered a point and has now scored in all of Armagh's League matches.

Blaithin was also the provider for Aimee's goal that hauled Armagh back into contention, while victory was also notable for the fact that Niamh Marley scored her first ever point for the county at senior level.

Meanwhile, Galway made the long trip to Killyclogher a winning one as they beat Tyrone by 2-20 to 1-2.

It was another tough day at the office for Tyrone, who have regraded to the intermediate championship, as Siobhan Sheerin netted for the Red Hand. But this game was all over at half-time as Galway led by 2-8 to 0-1.

Edel Concannon and Mairead Seoighe scored the Galway goals as the Tribeswomen called the tune.

Concannon collected 1-3 for Galway on a day when Roisin Leonard bagged 0-6. There was also a five-point haul for Gillian O'Connor and 1-2 for Seoighe.

In Division 3, meanwhile, Waterford racked up a big win on their visit to Fermanagh, running out 5-12 to 0-4 victors. Sinead Ryan, Michelle Ryan, Maria Delahunty, Ciara Hurley and Lauren McGregor scored the Déise goals.

And in Division 4, Limerick walloped Carlow by 13-29 to 0-0.

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