Armagh see off Waterford with second half surge
All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship: Armagh 3-12 Waterford 2-8
ARMAGH scored three second half goals to see off the challenge of Waterford in the Athletic Grounds on Saturday. Ciara Donnelly, Eimear Smyth and sub Colette McSorley finally killed off the Déise’s spirited performance.
Although Armagh opened the stronger of the teams, the Munster side rattled home 1-2 to take the lead at the water break. And a superb save from Emma Mone kept the score tied at the break, 0-7 to 1-4.
However when captain Ciara Donnelly pulled a loose ball to the net at the start of the second half, Armagh kicked on and she and her sister Leanne quickly added three points.
Then came the second Armagh goal when Eimear Smyth slotted home after Ciara Donnelly’s shot came back off the post. Although Waterford hit a goal in reply, Colette McSorley came off the bench to seal the seven points’ victory.
Meanwhile, Cavan’s journey to Limerick didn’t bear fruit as the home side made and took their breaks. Limerick led at half time by 1-4 to 0-5.
Orla Smith scored a goal for Cavan in the second half and Josephine Maguire turned in a good performance at midfield, but Cavan will now have to beat Down in a fortnight’s time to reach the knock-out stages.
Elsewhere in the competition, Roscommon ran up 2-26 to go top of Group Two.
Armagh scorers: C Donnelly (1-4), E Smyth (1-1), C McSorley (1-0), B Murray (0-2), L Donnelly (0-2), R Merry (0-2), O Murray (0-1).
Waterford scorers: R Kirwin (1-1), Niamh Murphy (1-1), Abbie Dunphy (0-2), N Ahern (0-2), V O’Brien (0-1), C Jackman (0-1).
All-Ireland Intermediate Championship: Laois 0-10 Derry 1-19
DERRY had too much for Laois in their Intermediate championship game in O’Moore Park on Saturday.
Since the Ulster semi-final defeat to Antrim at the start of the month, manager Ciarán Cunningham has brought several Slaughtneil players into the squad and a number of them shone in Portlaoise.
The teams were level at 0-4 each at the first water break, but Aoife Shaw’s goal a few minutes after the re-start set Derry on their way and the Oak Leaf led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break.
During the third quarter, Derry added four more points to Laois’ two before Cunningham ran the bench with Dervla O’Kane and Maria Rafferty making their case with two points each and two fine scores from captain Áine McAllister, one from play, the other from a free, brought her tally to five in a good all round performance.
In the same group Kerry used home advantage in Lixnaw to secure a 1-11 to 0-11 victory over Tipperary. Derry’s next outing is away down to the Kingdom this coming weekend.
Elsewhere in the Intermediate championship, Galway were the highest scorers of the weekend with 4-21 against Kildare while Meath, who had played three seasons in senior championship, showed their experience to beat Dublin by nine points.
Derry scorers: A Shaw (1-0), A McAllister (0-5), E McGuigan (0-3), M Rafferty (0-2), S Mellon (0-2), S Graham (0-2), D O'Kane (0-2), A McGill (0-1), Megan Kerr (0-1), C Gunning 0-1.
Laois scorers: A Collier 0-6), J Quinlan (0-2), C Tynan (0-1), Sara Cuddy (0-1).
All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship
Armagh 3-12 Waterford 2-8
Kildare 0-4 Roscommon 2-26
Limerick 3-11 Cavan 1-10
Tesco All-Ireland Minor A Championship
Dublin 1-14 Galway 3-09
Wexford 2-11 Waterford 3-14
Clare 1-10 Cork 2-21
Tesco All-Ireland Minor B Championship
Kildare 2-17 Carlow 1-08
Laois 3-10 Offaly 3-11
Tesco All-Ireland Minor B Shield Championship
Armagh 2-14 Meath 4-11
Down 1-14 Kerry 2-11
Tesco All-Ireland Minor C Championship
Donegal 2-03 Cavan 2-09
Mayo 5-10 Tyrone 0-04