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.