Promoted after winning the Division 2 crown last year, Armagh have wasted little time in adapting to the top flight and they inflicted a 2-14 to 2-9 defeat on their Ulster rivals at Pearse Ógs.
Monaghan conceded home advantage to Armagh as the Farney County didn’t have an available ground to play on and the hosts took full advantage, recovering from a sluggish start to maintain their perfect start to the league.
Cora Courtney and Ciara McAnespie netted two goals a minute to hand Monaghan, who had 0-5 from Ellen McCarron, a 2-0 to 0-2 lead.
Armagh struck back with a goal from teenage attacker Aimee Mackin, described by experienced midfielder Caroline O’Hanlon as a “phenomenal talent” this week.
Mackin finished with 1-5 and the Orchard County led by 2-9 to 2-3 at half-time after Lauren McConville grabbed their second goal, with Mackin providing the assist.
Something has to give next weekend when Mayo and Armagh, who have both collected maximum points from three outings, meet in a top of the table clash.
Mackin’s sister Blaithin, another rising young star, also registered a point and has now scored in each of Armagh’s league matches this season.
Blaithin was also the provider for Aimee’s goal that hauled Armagh back into contention, while victory was also notable for the fact that Niamh Marley scored her first point for the county at senior level.
Meanwhile, Galway made the long trip to Killyclogher a winning one as they beat Tyrone by 2-20 to 1-2.
It was another tough day at the office for Tyrone, who have regraded to the intermediate championship, as Siobhan Sheerin netted for the Red Hands.
But this game was all but over at half-time as Galway led by 2-8 to 0-1.
Edel Concannon and Mairead Seoighe scored the Galway goals as the Tribeswomen dominated throughout.
Concannon hit 1-3 for Galway on a day when Roisin Leonard bagged 0-6.
There was also a five-point haul for Gillian O’Connor and 1-2 for Seoighe.
In Division 3, meanwhile, Waterford racked up a big win on their visit to Fermanagh, running out 5-12 to 0-4 victors. Sinead Ryan, Michelle Ryan, Maria Delahunty, Ciara Hurley, and Lauren McGregor scored the Déise goals.
In Division 4, Limerick walloped Carlow by 13-29 to 0-0. The hosts led by 7-15 to 0-0 at half-time.