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Dr McKenna Cup round-up

Updated: Sunday, 11 Jan 2009 20:18

Ryan Henderson's goals proved crucial as Armagh defeated Queen's Sean Cavanagh could not inspire Tyrone to victory
Ryan Henderson's goals proved crucial as Armagh defeated Queen's Sean Cavanagh could not inspire Tyrone to victory

Down produced a memorable display as they roared past All-Ireland champions Tyrone on a 0-16 to 0-09 scoreline, making it two wins out of two for them in the Gaelic Life Dr McKenna Cup.

Ross Carr's side delighted the majority of the 3,750-strong Pairc Esler crowd as they scored nine unanswered points to brush the Red Hands aside and brilliantly follow up on last weekend's 15-point win over St Mary's.

It was 0-06 apiece at half-time, but it was scrappy football from both sides, with a heavy reliance on short hand-passing.

Hugh Davey, Danny Hughes and Joseph Ireland were amongst the scorers for Down, with wing back Davey kicking two excellent long range points.

The Mourne men led 0-06 to 0-04 coming into the final minutes of the half, but late efforts from Gareth Devlin and Stephen O'Neill got Tyrone back on terms.

Down created the only real goal-scoring chance of the half when Hughes freed up Ronan Sexton for a run through on goal. However, Sean Cavanagh, who lined out at centre-back for Tyrone, got back to disrupt Sexton, who squeezed his shot wide.

O'Neill and Cavanagh collected points early in the second period to send Tyrone into the lead for the first time at 0-08 to 0-07.

But perhaps Tyrone's recent two-week holiday caught up on them as they were well and truly blitzed by a hungry Down side over the remainder of the game.

Down fired over points from all angles, with Michael Magee, who top-scored with 0-04, Hughes, John Fegan and John Boyle all helping themselves to scores.

Substitutes Enda McGinley and Martin Penrose could not make the difference for Tyrone as Down sailed clear, although manager Carr did play down the victory afterwards, saying, 'we're very happy with the win but I think we have got to put it in perspective. Tyrone won the All-Ireland and they only came back from their holiday on Friday.'

UUJ 0-13 Derry 0-10

Derry are still without a win in this season's Dr McKenna Cup after they suffered defeat to UUJ at Ballinascreen today.

Damien Cassidy's side, which had an experimental look to it, led by 0-07 to 0-04 at half-time, but they lost their way in the second half.

Ciaran Donnelly punished Derry's indiscipline as he top-scored with 0-08, all from frees. Indeed, Donnelly kicked five frees in the second period to help the Jordanstown students came to the fore.

Seamus Bradley led the Derry scoring with three successful frees and the Oak Leafers, with only one point from their opening two games, face a must-win clash with Donegal next weekend.

Donegal 0-11 Fermanagh 1-05

Donegal were in control for long stretches of this game but a Seamus Ryder goal had them sweating towards the finish.

In what was Brian Roper's record-equalling 147th appearance for the Tír Chonaill men, the hosts took a 0-06 to 0-03 lead into the break.

Odhran Doherty (0-02), Michael Doherty, Kevin McMenamin, Conal Dunne and Neil Gallagher were all on the scoresheet for Donegal.

Fermanagh took the direct route in the opening half, using Ryder as a target man, and this led to points for Ryder and Ryan Keenan, with a Daniel Killie free in between.

Roper and McMenamin both bisected the posts to give Donegal an encouraging start to the second half, but Ryder netted for the Ernesiders on 40 minutes after Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan failed to gather a scuffed shot from Keenan.

The hosts responded quickly with a brace of points from McMenamin, only for Killie to cut the gap to two points with seven minutes remaining.

Fermanagh had lost Eamon Maguire to a yellow card just before that, and try as they might, Donegal proved too strong, as a curling Kevin Rafferty point topped off their second win of the campaign.

St Mary's 1-13 Monaghan 1-10

In Section B, Monaghan fell to a 1-13 to 1-10 defeat at the hands of St Mary's College at Emyvale.

The Farney men had to replace Rory Woods and Dessie Mone after the pair were yellow carded in the first half.

Mary's fell 0-03 to 0-00 behind but they soon found their rhythm and a 15th minute goal from Antrim ace CJ McGourty put them on the path to a 1-07 to 1-05 half-time lead.

Conor McManus struck the Mary's net from a penalty but McGourty put his stamp all over the game, eventually finishing with a personal haul of 1-05, and Mary's also had scores from Sean O'Neill and Barry McGoldrick.

The students will take on Tyrone in their final McKenna Cup group game, while Monaghan still have clashes with Down and Tyrone to come.

Cavan 1-11 Antrim 0-12

Antrim will rue their luck after missing four late scoring chances in their 1-11 to 0-12 loss to Cavan at Casement Park.

Paddy Gumley claimed Cavan's goal which established an early 1-05 to 0-02 lead for them. Antrim reduced the arrears to 1-08 to 0-07 by half-time but their shooting let them down in the dying minutes of the second half.

Armagh 3-06 Queen's University 0-12

Armagh overcame a stiff test from Queen's University to claim a 3-06 to 0-12 triumph at Davitt Park.

The Orchard County are on course to make the semi-finals after goals from Ryan Henderson (2-03) and Ronan Clarke (1-00) helped them see off the Belfast students.

Queen's were fully deserving of their 0-10 to 0-02 half-time lead as they played much the better football in the first half, though Paul Courtney was yellow carded for them.

However, Armagh started to find their range and Clarke's goal 12 minutes into the second half lit the touch-paper for their revival, which was not upset by yellow cards for Martin O'Rourke and Brendan Donaghy.

Clarke helped create a brace of goals for the in-form Henderson and despite the best efforts of Queen's top-scorer Jamies Kielt (0-05), the damage had been done.

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