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Tyrone stay in the running for a place in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Two final following their runaway 4-17 to 0-3 against relegation-threatened Wexford yesterday. (stock photo)

Tyrone stay in the running for a place in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Two final following their runaway 4-17 to 0-3 against relegation-threatened Wexford yesterday. (stock photo)

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Tyrone stay in the running for a place in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Two final following their runaway 4-17 to 0-3 against relegation-threatened Wexford yesterday. (stock photo)

Tyrone stay in the running for a place in the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division Two final following their runaway 4-17 to 0-3 against relegation-threatened Wexford yesterday.

The Red Hand girls, who have slipped into a rich vein of form, led by 1-12 to 0-1 at half-time before sealing the deal in impressive style with Maebh Woods, Maeve O'Neill and Emma Brennan in fine form.

But while Tyrone continue to prosper, Armagh have faltered badly. They found themselves outgunned by a slick Meath side yesterday who won by 1-21 to 3-5 at the Athletic Grounds which not so long ago had been considered an orchard county fortress.

Eve Lavery scored Armagh's opening goal in the third minute and when Blaithin Mackin landed their third before the interval the team appeared to be on the path to victory.

But Meath, taking their inspiration from Emma Duggan and Stacey Grimes in particular, powered through the closing stages to come out on top.

Donegal mstaved off their relegation fears somewhat by beating Cork by 2-6 to 0-8. Maxie Curran's side have been unable to achieve consistency lately but this was one of their better displays. The side will surely take comfort from the manner in which they restricted the normally voracious Cork attack.

They were helped by Geraldine McLaughlin's superb contribution of 1-5, her goal complementing a similar early score by Amy Boyle Carr that had effectively sent the team on the road to what could yet prove to be an invaluable three points.

Antrim also fell by the wayside in losing to Carlow by 5-9 to 1-8 while Derry, too, were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat to Louth who cantered home by 1-18 to 0-8.

Meanwhile, Ulster's Michael Naughton has been chosen as president-elect of the Ladies Gaelic Football body.

The Sligo native, who has been resident in Donegal for the past 22 years, has rendered outstanding service to the ladies game and the esteem in which he is held was reflected in that he polled a stunning 70 votes in the first count at his election at the week-end Ladies Football Congress.

In the Littlewoods All-Ireland Camogie League, Antrim turned in a powerhouse performance to overcome Tipperary by 5-13 to 1-6.

Even by the half-way stage the Saffrons had taken a stranglehold on the game when they led by 0-12 to nil with Tipperary having restricted to only occasional forays.

And when Antrim turned up the heat further after the break, their Munster visitors had simply no answer to their pace and penetration.

Roisin McCormick, rapidly emerging as one of the best players in the province, held the spotlight for the most part by bringing her tally to 3-5 while Maeve Kelly chipped in with 1-3 and Katie Carey landed five points as Tipperary were brought to their knees.

Belfast Telegraph