Mullan hails progress as clinical Derry down Tipp
Derry showed that they are getting to grips with life in the top tier with a resounding 4-13 to 2-10 victory over Tipperary in Hawkfield.
The Oak Leafers suffered a 12-point defeat to Kilkenny on their debut last month but overcame Offaly last weekend before showing further improvement in dispensing with their Munster opposition.
Katie McAnenly was on fire for John Mullan's side, plundering 3-2 against a beleaguered Tipperary defence, while Grainne McGoldrick registered 1-6. Karen Kielt contributed four points and Eimear Mhaloain was also on the mark.
"The performance was better than the result," said Mullan. "Every game we play, we've got to make an improvement. Our target is to be competitive come the senior championship in June."
Also in Group 1, champions Cork made it two wins out of two, accounting for Offaly 1-14 to 0-3 at O'Connor Park.
Jenny O'Leary's free-taking excellence played a huge role in the result, the midfielder contributing eight points, all from placed balls.
Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland Schools Junior 'A' final, Loreto, Kilkenny outgunned St Brigid's, Loughrea 2-13 to 2-2 in Birr.
St Brendan's Park was also the venue for the 'D' decider as St Joseph's Tulla were much too strong for Scoil Mhuire, Trim, prevailing 4-13 to 0-5. The 'B' decider went to a replay after Our Lady's, Templemore and Castlecomer Community College could not be separated, 1-6 to 0-9.
Limerick's Laurel Hill are the All-Ireland 'C' champions. They slotted three points in the last five minutes to seal a 3-8 to 2-4 victory over Gorey Community School.
Player of the match Roisin Begley gave a classy display for the winners – as did Aoife Coughlan, Sinead McNamara, Kate Mulqueen and two-goal Sinead Madden.