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Eoin Donnelly

McKenna Cup round-up

McKenna Cup round 3 results




ARMAGH 0-12 UUJ 1-9

DERRY 1-14 DOWN 2-10


Rory Gallagher came back to haunt Donegal *in the McKenna Cup tonight as his *Fermanagh team scored an impressive victory over the side he managed in 2016 and 2017.

Fermanagh scored the first three points of the match but nevertheless found themselves trailing by 1-5 to 0-5 by the break after Donegal finished the first half strongly.

The Erne-siders were much the better team in the second-half though and moved 1-11 to 1-8 ahead when Sean Quigley punched a high delivery from Paul McCusker to the back of the net.

Donegal never really looked like recovering from that body-blow as Fermanagh maintained their three-point advantage all the way to the final whistle.

Tyrone swept to a landslide 22-point victory over a disappointing Cavan at Kingspan Breffni.

The match was effectively over as a contest by half-time with Tyrone leading by 0-11 to 0-1, but they never let up in the second-half as late goals from Niall Sludden and Mattie Donnelly compounded Cavan’s agony.

A fast start by Monaghan laid the groundwork for their convincing 12-point victory over Queen’s University.

David Garland sent them on their way with a goal in the very first minute, and when Jack McCarron netted a second just before the break he put Monaghan 2-8 to 0-2 ahead.

Monaghan made a raft of substitutions at half-time and throughout the second-half which allowed Queen’s at least make a contest of the game, but there was little danger of a comeback.

Armagh finished strongly to claim a draw with *UUJ *at a foggy Athletic Grounds.

Kieran McGeeney’s team looked in severe difficulty when they trailed a Mark Bradley inspired Jordanstown outfit by 1-8 to 0-5 nine minutes into the second-half.

But they dominated the remainder of the match to out-score the students by seven points to one to snatch a share of the spoils.

A goal a minute from the end of normal time from Niall Toner was enough to see Derry claim a gutsy one-point victory over Down.

It was the Mourne-men who had started the match much more impressive as goals from Sean Dornan and Kevin McKernan helped them into a 2-5 to 0-3 lead by the 20th minute.

Derry rallied before the break though to cut the deficit to five points, and kept chipping away at Down’s lead throughout the second-half until Toner struck for a dramatic winner.

The concession of four goals wrecked Antrim’s hopes of qualifying for the McKenna Cup semi-finals as they fell to a five-point defeat to St. Mary’s University.

The students led by 1-3 to 0-4 at half-time, but Antrim upped the ante at the start of the second-half and played some nice attacking football at times.

But whenever it looked like they were gaining control, they’d concede a goal, and that’s what ultimately cost them in the end. 

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