Armagh bid farewell to Division One
Armagh's term in Division One of the Lidl Ladies National Football League was ended yesterday by a fired-up Monaghan side who recorded a fine 3-13 to 2-9 victory in a pulsating relegation battle at the Athletic Grounds.
Having held their own in the first half, Armagh faded after the break and encountered considerable difficulty in curbing the influence of Ciara McAnespie, Laura McEneaney and Caoimhe Mohan in particular in the Monaghan line-up.
Aimee Mackin and Caroline O'Hanlon tried hard to help Armagh maintain their momentum but their team found the Farney side's pace and power too much.
It was a superb goal from Caithriona McConnell that sealed Monaghan's victory on a day on which Armagh were left to rue too many missed scoring chances.
Monaghan's key players stood up to the plate and manager Paula Cunningham deployed her resources cleverly.
Meanwhile, Caoimhe Wright set the tone for a superb victory by Antrim over Laois in the All-Ireland 'B' camogie championship semi-final.
Wright scored 2-9 in her team's 4-19 to 3-6 win and her stunning finishing left Laois floundering.
Antrim were always in control with Wright posing danger every time she gained possession.
Nor was she the only Antrim player to produce a stellar performance.
Charlene McGarry maintained her recent excellent form by helping herself to a brace of goals and complemented Wright's spectacular input.
Jessie Quinlan grabbed two goals for Laois and Amy Byrne another but they had too much of a mountain to climb.
Antrim will now meet Kildare in the final following the latter side's semi-final win over Meath.
Antrim's win has given camogie in the county and indeed in the province a considerable shot in the arm and the team's progress will now be monitored much more closely.