Derry march on as Armagh fall to Dublin
There were mixed fortunes for Ulster's representatives in Division Two Group 2 of the Littlewoods Ireland National Camogie League yesterday.
While Derry turned in an assured performance in overcoming Kildare by 1-11 to 3-17, Armagh found Dublin carried too much power and lost by 3-15 to 2-8.
Derry, who had travelled to Hawkfield more in hope than confidence, certainly turned on the style in a game in which their finishing, cohesion and spirit were of the highest order.
It was in the second half that the Oak Leaf side turned up the heat to leave their opponents floundering in their slipstream.
Armagh, on the other hand, looked to be heading for an ignominious defeat when they trailed Dublin by 2-4 to 0-2 at the end of the first quarter but by half-time, they had reduced the deficit to just a point (2-5 to 2-4) thanks to two superb goals from the outstanding Ciara Donnelly.
But Dublin, with Laoise Quinn, Sinead Nolan and Aoibhe Dillon on fire in their attack, produced a strong finish to take control of the game.
Meanwhile, long-serving Armagh official Kathleen Woods has been elected as the new president of the Camogie Association.
A long-time member of the Derrynoose club, she takes over the reins of the Association at a time when the sport is enjoying its highest-ever profile at national level.