The quest for league semi-final places in the ladies national league continued with some significant round five ties yesterday.
Division One pace-setters Monaghan welcomed Kerry to Inniskeen where the visiting side handed their hosts a first defeat of the campaign via a 2-11 to 1-12 away victory.
Kerry ladies had defeated All-Ireland champions Cork seven days earlier, so Monaghan knew they were facing an in-form side and so it proved as Sarah Houlihan and team-mates took the game to their opponents.
Caoimhe Mohan, Niamh Kindlon and others tried to turn the tide for Monaghan but the home side came up two points short at the finish.
Tyrone travelled to Laois in search of a second league win and came close to achieving that aim. The Northern girls led at half-time 1-5 to 0-5 but in the end missed out by a point 1-10 to 2-6.
Mayo shaded Donegal after a thriller in Castlefinn (2-17 to 4-10) and in Division Two Down defeated Fermanagh 7-13 to 3-5. Cavan, meanwhile, triumphed over Kildare.
Armagh recorded a big home win over Leitrim as their Division Three promotion charge continued to gather pace.