Tyrone and Monaghan deliver impressive results
It was a decent day at the office for Ulster teams in round four of the Tesco National Ladies League.
Tyrone and Monaghan recorded wins in the top tier, with Down, Armagh and Antrim among the winners in other divisions.
Monaghan, despite being without Catriona McConnell, held too many aces for visitors Donegal at St Mellan's Park in Truagh. The hosts ran out winners by 2-17 to 1-5 for a third successive league victory. Monaghan meet Mayo next weekend in a rescheduled game as they endeavour to keep the winning run going.
Caoimhe Mohan led Monaghan's scoring surge with a goal and several well-taken points. Yvonne Connell also found the back of the net for the home side, Geraldine McLaughlin replying with a major for Donegal.
Tyrone entertained Meath at Omagh and sealed a first win of the campaign in impressive fashion, goals from Joline Donnelly and Lycrecia Quinn helping Tyrone establish an interval lead of 2-6 to 0-5.
Cathy Donnelly added a brace of majors for the host side in the third quarter, a three-pointer from Meath's Bridgette Lynch proving only of consolation value for the Royal representatives as the Red Hand girls triumphed on a scoreline of 4-15 to 1-08.
Cork posted a big margin win at home to Dublin and Laois defeated Mayo in the other Division One games played. The race for semi-final spots is certainly gathering pace now.
Cavan drew at home to Waterford in Division Two (2-11 each), Down and Armagh going one better as they recorded home successes over Longford and Wexford respectviely in Division Three.
Antrim made their trip to Louth count as the Saffron ladies returned home two points to the good following a 4-11 to 1-10 victory. Fermanagh and Derry were also hoping for some joy on the road away to Kildare and Roscommon.
In the world of Colleges football, Ulster representatives Omagh Loreto and Our Lady's from Castleblayney were out of luck in their respective All-Ireland U-20 semi-finals on Saturday.