Donegal made it two wins from two in the Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League with a one point victory over Armagh in Pairc Taobhoige, Glenfin yesterday.
Local favourite Karen Guthrie, kicked the winner for Donegal with three minutes to go and seconds after the hotly fancied Armagh had drawn level for the first time since the third minute.
Donegal took the game to the reigning Ulster champions from the off and led 1-6 to 0-3 at half-time.
Milford’s Amber Barrett struck for the Donegal goal in the middle of the half after being picked out with a ball over the top by Guthrie.
Minutes earlier Barrett had blasted wide from close range after being found in behind the defence with pin point accuracy by Roisin Curran. Curran and Barrett were on fire in the early stages.
Curran, Katie Herron and Aoife McDonnell posted the Donegal points with Kelly Mallon hitting the Armagh point from a close-in free seconds after Curran had opened the scoring.
The second quarter as was a little more even as Armagh found their bearings. Barrett, Guthrie and Curran all pointed for Donegal with Aoife McCoy and Mallon responding for Armagh.
A goal from All-Star midfielder Caroline O’Hanlon six minutes into the new half reduced the gap to two points.
And with the Armagh tempo upped considerably, Barrett twice restored Donegal’s three point advantage before Mallon and Niam Hederson pointed for the visitors to make it 1-9 to 1-8 in favour of Donegal with ten minutes to go.
Niamh Hegarty made it a two point game once more shortly after with Donegal’s only score from a placed ball.
But two points in the space of two minutes from Sinead McCleary and O’Hanlon tied it up at 1-10 each with five minutes remaining.
The momentum may have been with the vistors, but Donegal refused to buckle. And as the locals found another gear Barrett, Niamh Hegarty and Katie Herron hit three wides in a row before player of the match Guthie drove through the middle to land the winner from 35 metres.
Donegal:Laura Gallagher; Rose Boyle, Nicole McLaughlin, Treasa Doherty; Aoife McDonnell (0-1), Ciara Hegarty, Deirdre Foley; Karen Guthrie (0-3), Katie Herron (0-1); Eilish Ward, Niamh Hegarty (0-1), Shannon McGroddy; Emma McCrory, Amber Barrett (1-3), Roisin Curran(0-2). Subs: Bridgeen Gallagher for E McCrory (27); Sarah Patton for S McGroddy (44).
Armagh: K Daly; M Tennyson, S Marley, L Kenny; C McKenna, S McCleary (0-1), S Grey; N Henderson (0-1), Caroline Hanlon (1-2); L McConville, K Mallon (0-5, 4f), A McCoy (0-1); M McAlinden, S Finnegan, S Feeney. Sub:S Reel for S Finnegan(42).
Referee: Y. Duffy (Cavan).