Second All-Star for Aimee Mackin
By Richard Bullick
Armagh markswoman Aimee Mackin has a second ladies football All-Star to her name at the tender age of 20 after securing the right half-forward berth in the ceremonial line-up at Saturday night’s TG4-backed Dublin banquet.
Having previously been honoured in 2015 following her first senior season for Armagh, this time the Shane O’Neill’s star saw off the high-class challenge of dynamic Dub Carla Rowe, who was probably favourite for the No 10 jersey, and Cork captain Ciara O’Sullivan.
However the young forward’s fellow Camlough ace Caroline O’Hanlon’s hopes of landing a record-extending fourth All Star were dashed as she missed out on either of the typically competitive midfield spots.
Shortlisted for the ninth time in an exceptional Orchard career, Carrickcruppen’s O’Hanlon lost out to Kerry’s Lorraine Scanlon and Aileen Gilroy from Mayo, whose higher profile partner Fiona McHale was overlooked along with Donegal’s Karen Guthrie and All Ireland winning Dub Lauren Magee.
Guthrie has shone for Donegal, who reached the NFL Division One final in their first term in the top flight and won a second Ulster title in three seasons, while McHale received an All Star last year.
All Ireland champions Dublin have six players in the team with beaten finalists Mayo supplying three and Armagh among only four other counties to be represented in the 2017 selection unveiled coming up to midnight at a packed Citywest Hotel.