Armagh Harps 0-10 Shane O’Neill’s 2-5
Shane O’Neill’s handed the Harps their first defeat of the season as they shaded a tight affair by the minimum of margins.
The sides swapped points in the opening minutes with Geraldine McNally popping over an early free while Tara Byrne put the visitors ahead ten minutes in.
McNally put the Shane’s two to the good, but the Harps replied soon after to the leave one between the teams at the first water break.
Immediately after the restart the home side tied the game before shooting ahead for the first time with their 4th point of the contest.
With half time fast approaching, Moya Feehan was brought down in the square and Rachel McCabe buried the resulting penalty to give her side a 1-3 to 0-4 lead at the interval.
In the opening attack of the second period a Harps point left just the minimum between the sides before Ciara Jones and McNally eased the Camlough side three in front.
The Harps continued to claw back the lead and four unanswered scores saw the home side shoot ahead going into the final minutes of the game.
However, the Shane’s defensive unit held firm against the Harps pressure, closing down their opponents, making blocks, turning the ball over and their determination paid off.
Deep into injury time a great Shane’s move found second-half substitute Abbie McVerry in front of goal, and she fired low across the keeper and into the bottom corner.
This was the deciding score as the Harps couldn’t find an equaliser and Shane O’Neill’s came away with all three points on offer.
Dromahill and Crossmaglen couldn’t be separated in the only other Division One game played on Saturday evening.
Three points was the difference at the interval with Dromahill ahead 1-8 to 1-5 but the away team battled back to earn a share of the spoils.
The hosts only recorded 1-2 in the second period and pointed in the dying minutes to finish level, Dromahill 2-10 Crossmaglen 3-7.
Killeavy netted nine times in their big win over travelling side Granemore on Saturday evening in a one sided affair.
The home side were well on top and were in front 9-18 to 2-6 when the final whistle sounded.
Mullaghbawn also collected a win at the weekend when they overcame Ballyhegan by three points.
Both sides rattled the net, but it was the home side who raised more white flags to win 1-10 to 1-7 in the end.
Silverbridge and Lissummon played out a stalemate with neither team able to find a winning score.
Last years Intermediate champions rattled the net twice to earn a share of the spoils, Silverbridge 1-11 Lissummon 2-8.
Craobh Ciaran battled hard on the road at the weekend, when they ran Mullabrack close in a high-scoring affair.
Emma McGuigan and Maeve Lennon (penalty) rattled the net for the visitors but the home side grabbed four goals of their own to win 4-12 to 2-12.
Clan na Gael continued their winning run with another massive triumph as they ran out 4-15 to 0-5 winners against Eire Og.
Thomas Davis 2-3 Keady 4-14
Keady picked up their first points of the season when they defeated Thomas Davis away from home on Saturday evening.
Nicole Toner (2), Beth McKinney and Michelle Morgan all pointed early in the game before Thomas Davis shot back with a Leah McLoughlin goal.
Morgan matched the home sides three-pointer with a fantastic goal for her side as the travelling team began to dominate proceedings.
Keady once again found the net with Beth McKinney this time raising the green flag after rounding the keeper to bury to see her side ahead 2-7 to 1-1 at half time.
Two minutes into the second half Keady extended their lead with an amazing goal from Nicole Toner, who bolted down the right-hand side and struck the net from 25 metres out.
Thomas Davis hit another goal through Marianne Marron, partnered with a pointed free but couldn’t do enough to get within touching distance.
Amy Harvey rattled the net for Keady’s fourth and final goal, following a superb individual score from Lucy Conway.
Sarah Molloy, Michelle Morgan, Beth McKinney, Amy Harvey, Nicole Toner and Sinead McCooey all pointed to finish the game strongly for the winners.
St Paul’s had a big win on Saturday when they travelled the short distance to Wolfe Tones and triumphed 5-18 to 3-0.
Tir na nOg also recorded a huge winning tally away to Pearse Ogs, gaining victory in the end 7-10 to 1-2.
St Peter’s were the only home side in the division that gained maximum points at the weekend and deservingly saw off Clonmore 1-14 to 1-2.