By Cóilín Duffy
Tipperary will take on Armagh; while Cavan will face Waterford in the Lidl Division 2 League semi-finals, after the final round of group games took place this afternoon.
Waterford were 1-19 to 2-6 winners over Tipperary at Waterford IT Sports Campus in Carriganore.
Maria Delahunty and Caoimhe Condon traded early scores, but the hosts would go on to dominate and led by 1-11 to 1-4 at half-time.
A Delahunty goal helped the Deise to a 1-11 to 0-4 lead, although Orla O’Dwyer netted as an immediate response, just before the break.
Waterford pushed 11 points clear early after the restart, with Delahunty firing a brace of frees and Katie Murray and Lauren McGregor also on target.
The remainder of the contest proved to be a well balanced affair, with Tipperary finishing strongly, and Mairead Morrissey netting their second goal.
However, Waterford had done enough to take victory, and with it top spot in the Division.
Elsewhere there were a trio of away wins.
Armagh were 2-18 to 1-10 winners over Clare in Milltown.
Goals came in either half for the visitors, who were tied at 0-1 early on, but once Aimee Mackin opened her tally in the fourth minute to put Armagh back in front, the Orchard County weren’t to trail for the remainder of the hour.
Mackin netted Armagh’s opening goal to hand them a 1-5 to 0-3 lead after 15 minutes, and they added six more points unanswered before the interval, to ensure an 11-point half-time lead.
Clare were handed a life-line two minutes after the restart, when Grainne Nolan netted a penalty goal, after Rebecca O’Reilly was sinbinned.
But Armagh failed to yield and when Mackin netted her second goal 12 minutes from the end there was only going to be one winner.
Both Cavan and Tyrone netted late in the second half of their all-Ulster tie in Drumragh, which saw the Breffni County on top by 1-18 to 1-9 at the final whistle.
Cavan led by 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time, with Aishling Sheridan scoring the final point of the half.
The visitors extended their lead to seven points on the restart, and although Tyrone worked hard, and were first to find the net, a Donna English goal propelled Cavan to victory.
Laois recorded a 4-12 to 2-12 win over Sligo at IT Sligo to ensure they condemned the Yeats County to Division 3 football for 2019.
The O’Moore’s claimed their second win of the campaign with six-points to spare, as Meaghan Dunne scored two of the visitors goals, with Clare Conlan and Emma Lawlor also finding the back of the net.
Little separated the sides throughout, with Laois edging a 2-7 to 2-5 interval lead.