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Ulster's three National League representatives made to suffer

By Paddy Hunter

The three Ulster teams in Division One of the National League all suffered narrow loses in round three games yesterday.

Armagh lost to a resurgent Mayo, there was agony for Donegal as they conceded a late goal in Kerry while Monaghan were defeated at home to Galway who had six points to spare at the end of their tie.

Sarah Rowe and Cora Staunton top scored for Mayo as they came back to edge out Armagh 3-14 to 0-18 at Clonmore. The Orchard side had led 0-10 to 1-6 at the break, Aimee Mackin the main scorer with 0-8.

The home side had played well but failed to take several chances to kill of Mayo, Caoimhe Morgan, Niamh Coleman, Mackin Caroline O'Hanlon and Aoife McCoy impressed, Mayo though turned in a great second half.

Laura Rogers' late goal broke Donegal hearts at Rathmore after the visitors looked to have done enough to take the points.

Niamh Ni Mhuircheartaigh had scored an early Kingdom goal with Paula McGroary's three pointer helping Donegal to a 1-10 to 1-6 half time lead.

Donegal were very much the better team and Geraldine McLaughlin's goal looked to have done enough but there was that sting in the tail as Rogers snatched the winner.

Tyrone's unbeaten run in division two came to an end as they lost by four at home to Westmeath. They trailed by five at half time, Niamh O'Neill's goal closing the after Archibald and Blundell had scored Midlander's goals.

Tyrone conceded only 1-2 in the second half but failed to reel them back in.

Down's division three campaign continues to prove a stiff learning curve as they suffered a 5-14 to 0-3 defeat away to Tipperary while in division four Antrim fell short to Louth, 2-8 to 1-8.

Longford underscored their dominance in the division as they eased to a 0-36 to 1-3 win at home to Derry. Fermanagh meanwhile suffered defeat at the hands of Wicklow.

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