Victorious Derry lift Ulster gloom
Derry were the only Ulster side to win in the Littlewoods National Camogie League yesterday.
The Oak Leaf girls overcame a plucky Kilkenny side by 2-10 to 2-7 at Celtic Park, a win that could provide a pointer to further progress in Division 2 Group One.
Down, Armagh, Antrim and Tyrone all lost although the orchard county came close to causing an upset against Galway before going down by 2-6 to 2-4 while Antrim put up a gallant show against Westmeath who just managed to win by 1-9 to 1-7.
Ciara Donnelly and Rachel Merry did their best to lift Armagh but Galway's stamina and cohesion proved too much in a close finish. Armagh had looked impressive in the first-half and led by 2-1 to 0-3 at half-time before being overhauled.
Similarly, Antrim put up a courageous show against a solid Westmeath side and Emma Connor, Katie McAleese and Maédhbh Laverty were among their scorers in a tight contest.
In the All-Ireland Schools Junior 'A' final, Cross and Passion Ballycastle lost out to Loreto, Kilkenny by 3-11 to 2-9.
The Ulster side put up stiff resistance with Charley McCarry and Carla McGarry scoring their goals while Roisin McCormack (3), Maeve Kelly (3) and Anna Connolly (2) shared in the team's pounts haul.