Hurling & Camogie

Armagh win Ulster derby against Tyrone to start All-Ireland campaign in style

Sinead Quinn scored a hat-trick for the Orchard in the premier junior camogie clash

Sinead Quinn (left)
Armagh's Sinead Quinn scored three goals in the win over Tyrone (©INPHO/Lorraine OÕSullivan/©INPHO/Lorraine OÕSullivan)

Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Premier Junior Camogie Championship round one

Group 1

Armagh 4-19 Tyrone 1-13

Tipperary 9-24 Down 0-0

ARMAGH took control in the early stages of the Ulster derby against Tyrone and had bagged the win by half-time when they led by 2-15 to 0-3.

When Sinéad Quinn scored their first goal in the eighth minute, they were already six points ahead and Ciara Geoghegan then added a point before Róisín O’Neill-McKee opened Tyrone’s account.

Quinn bagged the second Armagh goal just before the break and quickly added a point.

Armagh’s fourth goal came in the 40th minute. Lauren Fitzgerald cancelled it six minutes later to spark a late flurry from the Red Hands, despite Quinn completing her hat-trick with her third goal in the 49th minute.

Tyrone outscored Armagh by seven points to one over the final 10 minutes to lift spirits ahead of the visit of Tipperary next Saturday.

The Premier county, who narrowly lost last season’s Croke Park final, had little bother in despatching Down in the other game in the group and they look very much like presenting Armagh with a serious challenge further down the line.


Armagh S Quinn 3-1; T Maxwell 1-3; C Geoghegan 0-6 (0-2f); N Forker 0-5; L Donnelly, O O’Kane, K Convie & M McGuigan 0-1 each

Tyrone L Fitzgerald 1-0; L Devlin & R McErlean (5f) 0-5 each; R O’Neill-McKee, Ú McCann & G McDonald 0-1 each

Group 2

Laois 3-15 Cavan 0-6

Limerick 3-20 Mayo 0-2

AIMEE Cotter had the sliotar in the Cavan net after just 35 seconds and it was an indication of what to expect from Laois, who should challenge strongly in this section.

Laois went on to lead by 1-3 after just four minutes. But Cavan fought back and five points from Shanise Fitzsimons narrowed the gap to 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time.

However, the Breffni ladies failed to raise another flag until a few minutes before the final whistle by which stage Laois were out of sight.

Cavan have a chance to get back in contention this coming weekend when they take on a Mayo side that took a 27-point hammering in Limerick.

Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship round one

Group 2

Kerry 8-30 Antrim 0-0

Kildare 1-5 Meath 3-9

Kilkenny 2-13 Carlow 0-8

THERE were clear-cut wins for the three main challengers as Kerry, Meath and Kilkenny all set out their stall.

Meath lost last year’s final in a replay to Derry and they had 10 points to spare over Kildare, while Kilkenny, who lost the semi-final last season also to Derry in an extra-time thriller, went one better with a 2-13 to 0-8 victory over Carlow.

Meanwhile, Antrim struggled to get a team together for the trip to Kerry and the final scoreline was to be expected.