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Ladies league is hit hard by the miserable weather

By Damien Donnelly

Inclement weather played its part as the LIDL Ladies National League got up and running in rather stop-start manner.

The keenly-anticipated Division One derby between Monaghan and Armagh scheduled for Emyvale fell foul to conditions yesterday, along with Tyrone's Division One opener against Galway in Killyclogher.

Fermanagh against Leitrim in Division Three was also postponed.

There have been quite a few managerial changes for Ulster ladies squads over the winter months plus most counties have brought on board several new faces in terms of playing personnel.

New Monaghan manager Paula Cunningham and her backroom team had been looking forward to the tussle with Armagh but both camps will have to wait for another week to get their respective seasons rolling.

Former Armagh county player Ronan Clarke has been in place as manager of the Orchard ladies team since before Christmas and there is a good buzz around the squad as they get set to tackle the challenges of Division One football following promotion last season.

Tyrone are in the process of sorting out management structures for the incoming campaign but at least the cancellation of yesterday's opener against Galway provides the Red Hand camp with a bit more preparation time.

There were still some games played in the round one exchanges, with postponed games due to be rescheduled for a suitable date in the upcoming fixture list.

Down welcomed Wexford to Abbey Grammar Ground for a Division Two game where they showed ahead midway through by 0-7 to 0-3.

The likes of Adair Trainor, Kate McCay, Aileen Pyres, Amanda Woods and Grainne McClean helped to give Down impetus but Wexford fought back to edge matters on a narrow 1-7 to 0-9 scoreline.

Mayo, meanwhile, recorded a fine win over Cork in Division One.

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