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Orchard in full bloom in Mayo as Tyrone's grit pays off

By Declan Bogue

Armagh hurlers provided some extra cheer for their fans who made the long journey to Mayo, as they overcame the Connacht side 0-23 to 0-10 yesterday in Division 2B.

Elsewhere in that league, Donegal were hosting Kildare in Letterkenny, and although they found the Lillywhites' net three times, they still fell to a narrow 3-11 to 1-19 defeat.

In the Ulster derby between Monaghan and Fermanagh, Trevor Hilliard's men took the points back down the road to Monaghan from Brewster Park, triumphing handsomely on a scoreline of 3-13 to 0-12, with Mark Treanor grabbing two of the goals.

Tyrone's promotion bid remained on course at Healy Park when they overcame a stubborn Roscommon side 1-14 to 1-13. Sean Óg Grogan got the early goal which answered Roscommon's opening three-pointer, and Damian Casey proved as accurate as ever from the placed ball.

Elsewhere, Dublin went from potential relegation candidates to outsiders for a National Hurling league title with their 0-26 to 2-14 win over Galway.

They were helped along by 10 points from David Treacy in their second-half comeback.

Munster rivals Cork and Tipperary, meanwhile, played out a game full of thrills at Páirc Uí Rinn, the Premier county coming out on top of a 2-28 to 4-21 scoreline.

Kilkenny beat Clare but they will have to do it again in a relegation play-off, and Waterford's win over Wexford gained them promotion back to Division 1A next year.

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