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The magnificent 17-year-old talent was outstanding at centre forward.  Magee, playing in her second game at senior level, repeatedly punished the gaps in the Derry defence. Cathy Mulholland was also on target, hitting the net on two occasions.

Clonduff’s Fionnuala Carr opened the game by converting a free.

Clonduff colleague, 17-year-old Paula Gribben kept things moving in Down’s favour at midfield, and with 4-9 to 0-0 half time lead was

d by sister Karen.

Down’s ambition is to win Division 3 and move up. Last year’s beaten League finalists have sights firmly set on the title – denied them last season by Waterford. Offaly will provide the crunch confrontation.

Selector Joe Baldwin knows that the big games all lie ahead: “”The management is pleased at the way the panel is progressing. There is still a long way to go, and a lot of improvement needed.

“”It was a notch up in terms of the Westmeath game, but we shot an awful lot of wides. That’s something we need to continue to work on.

“”Offaly will not give us the time nor the opportunity. Possession needs to equal scores.””

Once again Antrim players, who are on the other side of the Division Three grouping were left with no game.

Armagh withdrew, but Derry’s senior players came to the rescue to avoid Antrim from being totally idle.

The teams met in a light challenge workout at Coleraine.


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