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Tyrone show promise but fall to Cork

By Staff Reporter

Published 15/02/2016

Tyrone's team was youthful and showed promise despite a defeat to Cork
Tyrone's team was youthful and showed promise despite a defeat to Cork

There were differing St Valentine Day fortunes for Ulster ladies teams in the round three LIDL National League exchanges.

In Division One, Tyrone travelled to Mallow to take on a Cork side seeking a first win of the season under their new management structure. As against Armagh seven days previous, Tyrone fielded a youthful team and showed some promise despite a 2-21 to 1-3 reversal.

Aine O'Sullivan, Aisling Hutchings and Emma Framer were among the Cork score scorers as the host county led by 1-10 to 0-1 at half-time, Niamh O'Neill notching the solitary away point.

Cork continued to chalk up a steady run of scores but a goal courtesy of Grainne Rafferty plus points by Rafferty and O'Neill gave Tyrone some encouragement as they prepared for the long trek home.

Armagh welcomed Kerry to Pearse Og's with the Orchard girls keen to build upon their impressive winning start the week before. The hosts did indeed seal a second success following a solid display that yielded a 4-11 to 0-12 win.

The Orchard girls were ahead at half-time 3-5 to 0-9 as Aimee Macklin and Lauren McConville got among the goals. Armagh had enough in reserve to maintain their bright start to the league.

Monaghan, meanwhile, met Dublin at Emyvale where Carla Rowe scored 2-5 for winners Dublin. Donegal defeated Sligo in Division Two but there were disappointments for Down at home to Offaly in Division Three plus Derry against Longford in Division Four.

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