Trainor ends Mourne slump
They may ply their trade in the modest environs of Division Three of the Lidl Ladies National Football League but Down certainly took the plaudits at the weekend for the manner in which they defeated Limerick by 2-9 to 2-6.
The Mourne side went into the match having lost four on the bounce but inspired by substitute Kyla Trainor, they produced a storming finish to squeeze out their victory at Pairc Esler, Newry.
Limerick looked to have taken control of the game when Niamh Holland fired home a superb goal in the 49th minute but Trainor stepped into a front-stage role to help power her team home.
She scored a superb goal, tacked on a brace of points and her 1-5 overall contribution was key to Down's unexpected victory.
But there was disappointment for two other Ulster counties. Tyrone found Clare much too strong and clinical and lost by 3-17 to 2-10 while Monaghan fell to Cork by 2-14 to 1-12.
The Red Hands found the Clare attack much too sharp while Cork's experience proved central to their win over the Oriels.
Both Tyrone and Monaghan have been to the fore in Ulster recently but in their weekend games they both showed that they have work to do before they can rekindle former glories.