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Armagh ease to win while Down edge victory

By Damien Donnelly

Armagh and Down were the victorious sides as the 2014 Ulster ladies football championships started at the weekend.

Armagh repelled Tyrone on a 2-17 to 1-5 margin in the senior competition yesterday, with Down edging past Fermanagh 1-13 to 2-7 in the intermediate grade on Saturday.

Armagh had home advantage at the Athletic Grounds for the ladies contest before yesterday's big Armagh versus Cavan Ulster Championship clash.

A tight first half ensued but a Lauren McConville goal helped to give the Orchard County girls a very useful interval lead of 1-6 to 0-5.

Gemma Begley bagged a second half goal for Tyrone but Mags McAlinden found the net and Armagh added points from various sources to wrap up victory against a Red Hands side that will get a second chance.

Down got the better of Fermanagh as the Ulster Intermediate Championship swung into action, the Mourne girls winning by three points after the Erne side had been six points clear at the break.

Caroline Little netted two Fermanagh goals in the opening half, one from the penalty spot, as the Erne side pushed ahead.

Down went in 2-6 to 0-6 behind but they turned things round effectively in the second half to power to victory.

Lisa Morgan and Aileen Pyers spearheaded the Mourne point returns, plus a goal and two points courtesy of Ciara Fitzpatrick, helped secure the success for Down.

Fermanagh have a second shot at the championship when they play Antrim for the right to meet Down in the decider.

The Mourne side have demonstrated that they will take some stopping.

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