Clann Eireann 3-16 Shane O’Neill’s 3-4
Shane O’Neill’s suffered their first league defeat of the year when they travelled to Lurgan on Saturday evening.
Clann Eireann completely dominated the opening half and led 2-8 to 0-1 at the interval, with the solitary Shane’s point coming courtesy of Sinead McDonnell.
The Camlough girls made the best possible start to the second half when Geraldine McNally netted in the opening minutes as Clann Eireann replied with a point.
The Shane’s raised their second green flag soon after when Sinead McDonnell was on hand to fire low to the net and leave eight points between the sides.
Clann Eireann pointed just before the second half water-break to give them a nine-point advantage going into the last fifteen minutes.
Geraldine McNally knocked one over for the Shane’s before the hosts hit 1-2, with McNally replying for Shane O’Neill’s again with a well taken free.
The Lurgan side claimed a further three points in a row before Sinead McDonnell registered her second, and her side’s fourth point of the game.
Clann Eireann scored late on but the Shane’s fought right until the final whistle and were rewarded when team captain Louise Kenny netted a late goal to leave the final score 3-16 to 3-4.
Armagh Harps regained their spot at top of the table with a convincing win away to Dromahill at the weekend.
Five first half goals saw last years Senior Champions build up a comfortable 5-11 to 0-2 half time lead.
Dromahill’s fortune did improve in after the turnaround, but the gap was too large, and the Harps were 6-14 to 3-4 ahead at the final whistle.
Lissummon 0-7 Ballyhegan 4-22
It was all one-way traffic in Lissummon on Saturday evening as Ballyhegan bossed the game from start to finish.
In a repeat of the 2020 Intermediate Championship final, the result turned out much different this time around.
Both teams were short of their county contingent, with the Marley’s missing for Lissummon while Eve Lavery and Grace Ferguson didn’t tog out for the visitors.
The away side were incredibly 18 points ahead before Lissummon opened their account through Cara Larkin, who was responsible for six of her sides seven points.
The Ballyhegan attack were in fine form, with Brenda McCormack (1-7), Blainaid Hendron (2-6), and Rebecca McGeary (0-4) all having big parts to play.
Caitlin McCormack controlled the tempo of the game from centre field and chipped in with 1-2 from play.
The McCormack’s, Caitlin and Brenda along with Hendron all hit the net in the opening half to hand Ballyhegan a 3-14 to 0-2 half time lead.
Lissummon rallied after the restart and Cara Larkin swung over the first four scores of the second period.
Hendron hit 1-3 in quick succession to pour cold water on any hope of a revival while Catherine McGrane got forward for a well-deserved score.
The last point of the evening was a brilliant one from Lissummon midfielder Dervla Rafferty, who powered over a point after a making fantastic one-handed catch in the midfield.
This win lifts Ballyhegan off the foot of the division, with Lissummon now at the bottom, trailing the Davitt’s by two points.
League leaders Killeavy continued their unbelievable run of goal-scoring as they hit nine for the second time this year.
The hosted Mullaghbawn in round four and were just six up at the half time break, leading 3-7 to 1-7.
Six second half goals handed them a massive 9-12 to 2-10 lead at the final whistle and they remain unbeaten with four wins from four.
Granemore got their second victory of the campaign on Thursday evening when they defeated travelling side Silverbridge.
Two goals for the home side were the telling difference between the sides, with Granemore ahead 2-17 to 0-13 at full time.
Clan na Gael continued their impressive start to the league as they picked up their fourth win on the trot.
They travelled the short distance to Sarsfields on Thursday night and won compressively in the end, 6-19 to 1-2.
Mullabrack also remain unbeaten and sit just behind the Clans on scoring difference, with the two sides facing off next weekend.
Mullabrack enjoyed a big win on Thursday when they headed to Cullyhanna and came away with a 6-12 to 1-4 victory.
Eire Og won the remaining game on Saturday night and jumped into third place in the table, leapfrogging Craobh Ciaran.
The Craigavon side saw off Craobh Ciaran in a six-goal thriller and had five to spare at the finish, winning 3-12 to 3-7.
Two first half goals from Wolfe Tones helped them pick up their second win of the campaign as they hosted Clonmore on Saturday evening.
The sides shared a closely fought contest, with the Lurgan team two points better off at the final whistle 2-5 to 0-9.
Pearse Ogs came off second best when they hosted St Peter’s on Saturday evening, losing out 3-9 to 9-13.
Table-toppers Tir na nOg continued their fine form, rattling the net ten times in a 10-27 to 0-2 win over Thomas Davis.
Keady also lost out at the weekend when they travelled to Lurgan to take on St Paul’s in round five of the league.
Goals from Nicole Toner, Michelle Morgan and Beth McKinney couldn’t get something from the game for Keady as they lost out 9-8 to 3-7.