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Armagh and Monaghan to meet for a relegation four-point battle

By Declan Bogue

Armagh ladies were edged out by Kerry, 0-11 to 0-9 in Duagh on Sunday.

The sides were level at 0-3 each early on but Kerry hit three-in-a-row (two from Laura Rogers and another from Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh) to lead by 0-6 to 0-3 in the 23rd minute.

Armagh finished the first half in brilliant fashion, hitting four unanswered points to lead by 0-7 to 0-6, Aimee Mackin and Caroline O'Hanlon both scoring two each.

In the second half, Armagh were restricted to just two points as Kerry did enough at the other end of the pitch.

In a cracking fixture in Termon, Donegal beat Ulster rivals Monaghan by just a single point, 3-12 to 1-17. Returning forward Yvonne McMonagle, Karen Guthrie and Eilish Ward scored Donegal's goals as they came from behind to prevail in a pulsating encounter.

Monaghan raced into an early six-point lead as Eimear McAnespie goaled and the Farney girls picked off three points within four minutes.

By half-time, the hosts were well in touch, trailing by 1-7 to 1-9.

Monaghan, who are bottom of the table, will meet Armagh in the final round of group fixtures in what is a relegation four-pointer but Donegal are safe in the knowledge that they'll be playing top flight football again next year.

In Division 4, Wicklow beat Antrim and Fermanagh saw off Carlow.

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