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Two-goal Armagh still fall to Cork

Women's football

By Damien Donnelly

Unlucky Armagh came extremely close to knocking Cork out of the All-Ireland senior ladies race at the weekend but five Ulster sides still survive ahead of the quarter-finals.

The Orchard girls put a disappointing first half performance in Birr behind them to draw level and then edge ahead of the multiple All-Ireland winners, but Cork pulled out late scores to scrape through 0-16 to 2-9.

Fionnoula McKenna and Caroline O'Hanlon got on the scoreboard as Armagh rallied brilliantly after half-time.

Cork were clearly shaken but they steadied and Geraldine O'Flynn found her range to put them one in front. Armagh could not convert a late free opportunity as Cork held out to book a quarter-final place against Dublin.

Tyrone had better luck in their qualifier contest at Longford when getting the better of Clare by 1-15 to 1-9. Gemma Begley led the point returns during the opening half, Lycrecia Quinn tagging on two as Tyrone headed for the break with a few points to spare.

Clare battled back in the third quarter but Cathy Donnelly scored a timely goal for Tyrone.

Orla O'Neill, Neamh Woods, Begley, Quinn and Donnelly all delivered points to secure victory for Tyrone who will meet Galway in the senior quarters.

Down and Cavan recorded impressive wins in the All-Ireland Intermediate qualifier round two phase match-ups against Wicklow and London respectively.

The Mourne girls saw off a stubborn Wicklow challenge in a high-scoring affair (2-20 to 4-10) but Cavan had more in hand over London via a 3-22 to 0-4 margin.

Fermanagh are already into the All-Ireland intermediate quarter-finals, having won the Ulster title.

Monaghan, as Ulster senior champions, join Tyrone in the All-Ireland quarters where they meet Meath's conquerors Laois.

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