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VIDEO: All rosy in the Orchard for Armagh Ladies manager Ronan Clarke

Updated: Monday, 22 Feb 2016 19:38 | Comments

Back in 2002, Ronan Clarke was the sensational teenage full-forward who kicked three points off Seamus Moynihan to help Armagh win the All-Ireland final against Kerry.

Now, the Pearse Óg clubman is chasing a unique double as manager of Armagh Ladies and he's started with three straight wins in Division 1 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League.

"I’m just enjoying it", Clarke told the LFGA's Jerome Quinn after Armagh added victory over Monaghan on Sunday to their wins over Tyrone and Kerry.

"I learn every day. I always tell the girls I don’t know everything, so hopefully a bit of  my experience can rub off on them."

The next challenge for Clarke, who says the "the pace of the game is very quick compared to the men sometimes", is away to Division 1’s only other unbeaten team Mayo, next Sunday.

Two-time All-Star Clarke suffered a big scare last August when he was hospitalised for a head injury after colliding with a goalpost in a club game but made a full recovery and succeeded James Daly as manager in November.

Armagh reached the All-Ireland semi-final and won Division 2 under Daly last year, and Clarke is well aware of the growing expectations around his side.

"The girls really looked up to James and the way he developed them," said Clarke. "[He left] big shoes to follow.

"It's my job now to take them on a wee bit further. We got off to a good start here so hopefully now we'll just push on."

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