McKenna Cup round-up
McKenna Cup round 3 results
FERMANAGH 1-13 DONEGAL 1-10
TYRONE 2-22 CAVAN 0-7
MONAGHAN 2-13 QUEEN’S 0-7
ARMAGH 0-12 UUJ 1-9
DERRY 1-14 DOWN 2-10
ST MARY’S 4-8 ANTRIM 0-15
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.