McKenna Cup round-up

January 06, 2019

Antrim's Declan Lynch and Michael McCarry with Jack Grugan of Armagh. ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Today’s McKenna Cup round 2 action resulted in wins for Donegal, Armagh, Derry, Cavan and Tyrone while Monaghan shared the spoils with St Mary’s.

Declan Bonner and Donegal coasted to a 1-17 to 0-10 win over Down in Pairc Esler.

Caolán McGonigle netted the game’s only goal in the 61st minute in front of an attendance of 2220 as the Tir Chonaill men secured a second win in the space of a week.

The visitors had led by 0-9 to 0-3 at the change of ends and went on to inflict a second defeat on Paddy Tally’s charges.

Meanwhile, in Glenavy, Armagh recorded a routine 2-21 to 1-10 success over Antrim.

The game was effectively over as a contest at the halfway stage with Kieran McGeeney’s side 2-12 to 0-2 ahead.

First-half goals from Ryan McShane and the returning Jamie Clarke (penalty) laid the foundations for their 14-point winning margin.

Eoghan McCabe netted a late consolation goal for the Saffrons.

Despite being reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes midway through the second-half after full-forward Emmet Bradley was sin binned, Derry secured a 3-9 to 2-8 victory over Fermanagh at Brewster Park.

A Ben McCarron hat-trick was central to Damien McErlain’s side’s hard-earned four-point success.

The first-half finished with the Oak Leafers 1-7 to 1-4 to the good and they kept their nose in front after the resumption thanks to two further goals from substitute McCarron.

Ryan Lyons and Darragh McGurn (penalty) raised green flags for the Ernesiders in either half.

Mickey Harte and Tyrone continued their winning ways when prevailing over Ulster University by 2-14 to 1-9 at Healy Park.

The Jordanstown college gave as good as they got for long periods and trailed by just 0-5 to 0-8 at the midway point but goals from Declan McClure and Peter Harte broke their brave resistance.

Daire Gallagher accounted for the college outfit’s second-half three pointer.

Cavan finished with 14 points to spare (0-17 to 0-3) over Queens University in Ballyconnell.

Mickey Graham and the Breffni County enjoyed an 0-8 to 0-3 cushion when the first-half proceedings were brought to an end.

In Clones, St Mary’s hit three unanswered points late on to salvage a draw with Monaghan.

Points from Shane McGuigan (2) and Aaron Boyle left the teams tied (Monaghan 1-14, St Mary’s 0-17) at the final whistle.

The Farney County’s cause wasn’t helped by the sin-binning of Ryan McAnespie late on while Barry McGinn netted the game’s only goal in the 50th minute.

Donegal - MA McGinley; C Ward, McCole, C Morrison; E McHugh, E Doherty, C McGonigle (1-1); H McFadden (0-1), M McElhinney (0-4); C Thompson (0-1), N O'Donnell (0-3, 2f), P Mogan (0-1); J Brennan (0-2), M Langan (0-2f), M O'Reilly (0-1). Subs: J McGee for C Thompson, P Brennan for E McHugh, L Connors for J Brennan, O Gallen (0-1) for M O'Reilly, P Dolan for P Mogan.

Down - J Parr; S Annett, R Wells, R McAleenan; G Collins, B McArdle, R Johnston (0-1); A McClements, D McCarthy; R Mason, C Poland, C Francis; J Johnston (0-1), P Havern (0-1), C Harney (0-1). Subs: C McGrady (0-2) for B McArdle, P Devlin (0-3f) for R Mason, D McClements for C Harney, C Quinn for P Havern, E McCabe (0-1) for A McClements.

Referee - B Cassidy.


Armagh - B Hughes; C Mackin (0-2), R Kennedy, J Morgan; M Shields (0-1), B Donaghy, A Forker (0-2); S Sheridan, J Og Burns; R McShane (1-2), R Grugan (0-3, 2f), J Hall; S Campbell (0-8, 2f), J Grugan (0-1), J Clarke (1-0pen). Subs: P Casey for J Grugan, A Nugent (0-1) for J Clarke, N Grimley (0-1f) for S Sheridan, J McElroy for M Shields, C Vernon for R Kennedy.

Antrim: C Fleming; P Branagan, R Johnston, A Sweeney; P Finnegan, D Lynch, P Gallagher; M Sweeney, E Walsh; M McCarry, M Fitzpatrick, C Duffin (0-1f); K Quinn (0-1), E McCabe (1-0), P McBride (0-6, 4f). Subs: C Lemon for P Branagan, D McCormick for A Sweeney, P Nugent for C Fleming, N Delargy (0-2) for P Finnegan, F Burke for E Walsh.

Referee - S Hurson.


Derry - O Lynch; E Concannon, C Mulholland, S Quinn; R Dougan, E McGill, J Rocks; C McAtamney, P Cassidy; P Coney, C Bradley (0-3, 1f), P McGrogan (0-1); R Bell, E Bradley (0-2, 1f), E Lynn (0-2). Subs: B McCarron (3-1) for R Bell, C McFaul for J Rocks, D Hughes for C McAtamney, S McErlain for B McCarron, S McKeever for R Dougan.

Fermanagh - J McGrath; K Connor, T Daly, C McManus; C Corrigan, L Cullen, U Kelm; E Donnelly, R Jones; A Breen, R Lyons (1-0), K McDonnell (0-2); D Teague, T Clarke, D McGurn (1-4, 1-0pen, 0-3f). Subs: C Magee for D Teague, J McMahon for R Lyons, D Teague for A Breen, G Jones (0-2, 1f) for T Daly, J Cassidy for D McGurn.

Referee - M McNally.


Tyrone - B Gallen; C McLaughlin, HP McGeary, A McCrory (0-1); L Rafferty (0-2), C Meyler (0-1), M Murnaghan; C Grugan (0-1), B Kennedy (0-1); D McClure (1-1, 0-1f), K Coney (0-2f), R Gray (0-2); D Canavan, R O'Neill, R Sludden. Subs: P Harte (1-2) for M Murnaghan, D Mulgrew (0-1) for R O'Neill, N Sludden for R Sludden, R Brennan for HP McGeary, C McShane for D Canavan.

Ulster University - T McConville; M Magee, K McKaigue, S Fegan (0-1); M McKernan, M McEvoy (0-1), O McConvey; T O'Brien, R Mullen; D Gallagher (1-0), P Lavery, N Donnelly (0-1); L Brennan (0-4, 2f), F Burns, L Harney. Subs: E Murray for M Magee, R Beatty (0-1) for T O'Brien, D Cassidy for K McKaigue, J Doherty (0-1) for L Harney, C O'Hagan for F Burns.

Referee - C Branagan.


Cavan - R Galligan (0-3f); J McLoughlin, P Faulkner, P O'Reilly; B Fortune, C Moynagh, C Rehill; M Argue (0-2), P Graham; N McKiernan (0-2, 1f), C Conroy, R O'Neill (0-1); J Brady (0-2, 1f), P Moore (0-2), O Pierson. Subs: N Clerkin (0-1) for N McKiernan, K Tierney (0-1) for P Moore, S Smith for C Conroy, C Madden (0-3, 2f) for O Pierson, L Fortune for C Moynagh.

Queens University - A Hasson; A Rushe, O Lappin, C McCluskey; B Gallen, J Rice, N Keenan; E Deane, B Crealey; R Treanor (0-1f), C Martin, C O'Neill; R Campbell (0-1), J Smith, D Guinness. Subs: K Hughes (0-1f) for B Crealey, N Rafferty for B Gallen, D McKeever for N Keenan, N Hannigan for C Martin, C Fox for J Smith.

Referee - N Cullen.


Monaghan - S Garland; B Kerr, C Boyle (0-1), C Lennon; T Kerr (0-1), K O’Connell, S Finnegan; D Hughes, N McAdam; A Lynch, D Malone (0-1), R McAnespie (0-2); S O’Hanlon, B McGinn (1-7, 0-4f), M Bannigan (0-1f). Subs: F Connolly for N McAdam, V Corey for A Lynch, C McCarthy for M Bannigan, D Garland (0-1) for D Malone.

St Mary's - M Reid; C McAllister, R McCusker, M Rooney; J Hannigan (0-1), C McKinney, R McSherry; S McConville (0-3, 2f), L Devlin; A Boyle (0-2), R Coleman (0-2), T O’Kane (0-1); C Byrne (0-1); N Toner, S McGuigan (0-5, 3f). Subs: D McKinless (0-1f) for L Devlin, O Donnelly for N Toner, C Stinton for C McAllister, A Duffy (0-1) for T O’Kane, R McGrath for J Hannigan.

Referee - P Falloon.

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