Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Tyrone ladies' league campaign begins with heavy defeat

Fortunes proved somewhat mixed for Ulster teams as the National League got underway yesterday.

Poor weather put paid to the Monaghan v Dublin and Armagh v Longford ties.

Conditions were somewhat better down in Killarney where Tyrone headed for a meeting with a Kerry side who delivered a strong message to their Division One rivals.

The visitors found themselves chasing the game as the Kingdom girls picked off several well-taken scores plus a Patrice Dennehy goal further boosted the home tally.

Tyrone tried hard on the day but came out on the wrong side of a 1-16 to 1-6 scoreline. The Red Hands are in a transitional phase and will be targeting future fixtures to improve their league credentials.

There was also an away day disappointment for Ulster's third representative in Division One, Donegal, who lost 2-18 to 3-5 against Laois in Cretteyard.

Down did better in their debut Division Two game at home to Meath, the newly-promoted Mourne girls just shading the issue on a margin of 1-12 to 2-8.

Antrim also started successfully with an eye-catching victory over Derry in Division Four but Fermanagh were denied by Claire in Division Two.

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