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Gallagher comes off bench for victorious Cavan

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:03

Rory Gallagher in action during his time with his native Fermanagh
Rory Gallagher in action during his time with his native Fermanagh

Former Fermanagh star Rory Gallagher came off the bench to hit a late point in his adopted county's 1-13 to 1-11 Dr McKenna Cup win over Queen's University tonight.

Cavan secured their second win of the early season competition, adding to last week's defeat of Derry, as they propelled themselves to the top of the pile on Section B.

Corner-forward Gerald Pierson's excellent haul of 0-07 was instrumental in the victory for Donal Keoghan's Cavan side, who were playing in the county's first-ever competitive under floodlights.

Gallagher, who submitted a transfer request due to him now living and working in Cavan, came on as a substitute on 54 minutes and showed some nice touches.

Queen's almost got off to a flying start but Justin Crozier's 14th-minute goal shot flicked back off the butt of a post.

The Belfast students did gallop into a 0-6 to 0-3 lead, with a trio of points from Derry youngster Charlie Kielt, but they lost half-forward Gavin Donaghy to a straight red card on the half-hour mark.

Queen's still led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break, with Dermot McCabe scoring in injury time for the hosts.

A converted penalty from McCabe and Pierson's accurate free-taking sent Cavan in front before Down's Eoin McCartan levelled the game at 1-11 apiece when he flashed home a 56th-minute goal.

The deciding points came from world handball champion Paul Brady and Gallagher in a meek final ten minutes.

Cavan: C Anderson; M Cahill (0-01), T Corr, K Fannin; E Reilly, N Walsh, J Crowe; D Thomas, D McCabe (1-01); M Brennan, M McKeever (0-2, 1f), M Cunningham; C Mackey, S Brady, G Pierson (0-07, 3f).

Subs used: A Forde for Corr, L Mulvey for Brennan, P Brady (0-01) for Thomas, J O'Reilly for Mackey, R Gallagher (0-01) for Pierson.

Queen's: F Murphy; H Gallagher, D McCartan, R Dillon; J Gallagher, G O'Kane, J Crozier; C Vernon (0-02), P Courtney; G Donaghy, C Kielt (0-03), K McGourty; C O'Reilly (0-05, 5f), K Niblock, E McCartan (1-1).

Subs used: J Ireland for O'Kane, P McCommiskey for Ireland, C Tierney for Kielty, M Rooney for Gallagher, P Treanor for Niblock.

Referee: Darren McQuillan (Monaghan).