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Donegal, Tyrone advance in bid to land All-Ireland double for Ulster


By John Campbell

Donegal and Tyrone have maintained their push for All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship honours following hard-earned victories over Armagh and Wexford.

Maxie Curran's Donegal outfit, who had trounced Armagh by 9-21 to 4-8 in the recent Ulster final, were fully extended this time out and only managed to get over the line in the closing minutes.

Donegal looked home and hosed when they led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time with their twin sharpshooters Yvonne Bonner and Geraldine McLaughlin having already made their presence felt.

It was following an Aoife McCory goal that Armagh upped the tempo and got on level terms at 0-16 to 1-13. But two points from Eilis Ward and another from Niamh Hegarty helped to sweep Donegal to a 0-19 to 1-13 victory.

Tyrone were tested by a defiant Wexford in their All-Ireland Intermediate quarter-final before coming out on top by 1-15 to 2-18.

Chloe McCaffrey's well-taken goal stabilised the side in the first-half and the same player tacked on two points to join Gemma Begley (0-5) and Emma Jane Gervin (0-4) in the Red Hands' parade of scorers.

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