Katie McKee shines in victory for Armagh

Dromore's  Hannah Russell and NICS'  Grace Walker
Dromore's Hannah Russell and NICS' Grace Walker

Armagh started their Ulster Shield campaign on a winning note with a hard fought 3-1 victory over Ballymoney at Ardmore.

In a match played in driving rain it was last season’s Senior One champions who prevailed but only after a wonder goal scored by Katie McKee.

The Irish Under 18 international drilled a fierce backhand shot into the roof of the net near the end after Money had threatened a comeback after trailing 2-0.

Goals from Claire Warnock had put the home team in the driving seat but Nikki Parke converted a penalty corner to make it 2-1 before McKee’s strike sealed the win.

North Down defeated Portadown 2-1 at Edenvilla where goals from Olivia Brown and Katharine Hill gave the Comber side the three points.

In the Senior Cup, newcomers Raphoe were 3-0 winners at Cookstown where Rachel Buchanan, Leanne Patterson and Shannon Porter were on target in the second half.

Banbridge beat Larne 3-0 with goals from Amy Atkinson, who got two, and Elaine Brown while Knock sent Victorians to their second defeat in two starts with a 2-1 success.

But it took a late winner from Julie Doak to seal the deal after Rachel Cranston had cancelled out Holly Menary’s opener.

Rainey, who are just up from Senior Two, completed a good day for the newcomers to the cup when they had a 5-0 win at Ballyclare.

In Senior Two Dromore came away from Stormont with a 1-0 win over Civil Service after hitting the winner in the first half.

Pegasus had a good weekend’s preparation for the IHL beating UCD 3-2 before drawing 2-2 with a Leinster select and rounding things off in Dublin with a 3-1 win over Railway Union yesterday.