Monaghan revenge mission a big success
Ulster teams shone in round three of the Ladies National League yesterday.
Monaghan had a long trek to Cork for a re-match of last year's All-Ireland final that the host team won so narrowly. This top tier tie, though, would prove to be a different story.
New Oriel boss John Morrison and his squad arrived in Cork not short on confidence and this manifested itself as they took the game to the Munster girls from early doors.
Cork struggled to cope with the extra edge in Monaghan's play, the guests building up a healthy half-time lead of 1-7 to 0-4 after Ciara McAnespie netted.
The away team withstood a spirited second half home effort to seal success, Cathriona McConnell landing Monaghan's final goal as the Cork girls were conquered 2-14 to 0-13 in Mallow.
Tyrone and Donegal, meantime, met in Castlefin as both counties endeavoured to kick start their respective league campaigns following earlier reversals.
It turned out to be Tyrone's day as the visiting Red Hand side returned home with their first points of the season following a well-earned 4-5 to 1-8 victory.
Armagh racked up 3-21 away to Wexford and a 2-5 contribution courtesy of Caroline O'Hanlon helped her side put daylight on the scoreboard as play progressed.
Down felt the full force on an in-form Westmeath side that chalked up a big half-time lead of 3-9 to 1-3, leaving the Mourne girls with a proverbial mountain to climb during the second half.
The host side battled well as they tried to close the deficit after the restart but Westmeath tagged on additional scores in the process of securing victory.
Cavan recorded a good win down in Clare, the All-Ireland intermediate heroines triumphing 1-11 to 0-11.