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Armagh and Down both suffered defeats in Division 3 yesterday.

“”We were unlucky not to get something out of the game but we’re still in it and we’ll wait and see how the draw works out,”” said Down manager Joe Baldwin.



In the other match in Divison 3 match Offaly beat Armagh by six points.



The game was largely dictated by a strong wind with Offlay taking advantage of this in the first half.  The orchard girls were unlucky not to record a score in the first-half and found themselves under pressure from a dogged Offaly side.  Armagh staged a mini-come back in what was a team effort.  The hard work paid off with Armagh recording 2.03 in the second half.  Bernie Murray worked tirelessly in midfield and ækeeper Bronagh Keenan was on form, as always.


In the Junior College’s All-Ireland Finals there was heartbreak for the three Ulster sides involved.


In the æA’ section St Patrick’s, Maghera were undone by a strong Loreto side. The girls from Maghera trailed by a single point at half-time having played with the breeze.


In the battle of the Saints St Joesph’s, Borrisleigh proved too strong for St Patrick’s, Keady. (5-6 vs 3.2)


The Tipperary side, aided by a strong swirling wind, got off to a dream start when they racked up a score of 3-1 to no reply after the first quarter.


The second half began with Keady re-grouping and they began to take the game to Borrisoleigh, but still were finding scores difficult to conjure up while Borrisoleigh added to their total.


In the æC’ section St Paul‘s, Kilrea suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Hazelwood college.  The win secured the Limerick school their first ever All-Ireland title.




The defeat was the first of the campaign for Down who have enjoyed a great run so far and they will be hoping to build on their fine form leading in to championship.


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