McKenna Cup: Turbit double downs Cavan

December 29, 2019

Cavan's Oisin Kiernan tackles Mark Shields of Armagh

Armagh kicked off their new season in style by handing Cavan a 2-17 to 1-13 thumping in this afternoon’s Round 1 Dr McKenna Cup clash at Kingspan Breffni.

Conor Turbit netted both goals for the victors, with his second coming in the opening minute of the second-half to bump the Orchard men’s lead up to 11.

Cavan had struck an early goal themselves through Martin Reilly’s penalty in the 10th minute but they’d never lead again as Turbit, Rian O’Neill, Aidan Nugent and Jason Duffy sailed Kieran McGeeney’s side back in front.

O’Neill (2) and Nugent registered more points to leave the score board reading 1-14 to 1-7 at the break and when Turbit cut through for his second following an O’Neill free early in the restart the points were in the bag for the visitors.

Niall Murray came off the bench to fire over three consolation points (one a free) for the lacklustre Breffni men before being sent off on a second caution with four minutes remaining.

Armagh - B Hughes; J McElroy, B Donaghy, A Forker (0-1); M Shields, G McCabe, C O’Neill; N Grimley, O O’Neill (0-3); A Nugent (0-3), S Campbell (0-1), J Hall; C Turbit (2-2), R O’Neill (0-6, 5f), J Duffy (0-1). Subs: J Og Burns for J Duffy, J Morgan for J Hall, S Sheridan for O O’Neill, C McConville for M Shields, M Toal for A Forker.

Cavan - R Galligan; P Meade, P Faulkner, L Fortune; C Brady, B Kelly, O Kiernan; E Fortune, K Monahan; M Reilly (1-2, 1-0pen), B Magee (0-1), S Smith; R Connolly (0-1f), C Madden (0-3), C Smith (0-2). Subs: S Murray for B Kelly, C Conroy for K Monahan, N Murray (0-3, 1f) for S Murray, G McKiernan for C Brady, L Buchanan (0-1) for R Connolly.

Referee - N McKenna.

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