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McKenna Cup round-up: Wins for Tyrone and Derry

Updated: Sunday, 05 Jan 2014 22:55 | Comments

Michael Murphy was on target for Donegal but Tyrone came out on top in Ballybofey
Michael Murphy was on target for Donegal but Tyrone came out on top in Ballybofey

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Derry, Tyrone, Armagh, Cavan and Down all claimed wins in the Power NI McKenna Cup this afternoon.

At Clones, Ulster champions Monaghan succumbed to Derry as the Oak Leaf County claimed a 2-15 to 2-11 win.

Derry led 2-04 to 1-06 at half-time in a free-flowing encounter, with no black cards in the opening half.

Monaghan led by 0-04 to 0-02 after 20 minutes, but goals from Enda Lynn and James Kielt saw Derry get on top.

Monaghan worked hard, with a Ryan Wylie goal ensuring a point separated the sides at the break.

A Christopher McGuinness goal saw Monaghan take a 2-08 to 2-05 lead early on the restart, but Derry dug deep for victory.

Also in Group B, the Fermanagh - St Mary's tie was postponed due to the bad weather.

Tyrone delivered a strong second-half display to claim a 0-13 to 1-07 win over Donegal in Group A.

Micky Harte's charges outscored the hosts by eight points to two in the second half, to carve out a two-point win.

The sides were level at 0-03 apiece after 22 minutes, after Michael Murphy had a penalty saved by Niall Morgan.

Murphy responded before the break with a 31st-minute goal to hand Donegal a 1-05 to 0-05 interval led.

Tyrone crept ahead on the restart, with Donegal's scoring opportunities curtailed, as the Red Hands took control.

A 45th-minute Niall McConville goal paved the way for Armagh to take a 1-17 to 0-15 win over Queen’s University at the Athletic Grounds.

The sides were tied on numerous occasions in the opening half, including at the interval at 0-08 apiece.

Earlier Robbie Tasker picked up the first black card of the game after 23 minutes, with the game tied at 0-05 each at that stage.

Armagh were unlucky not to breach the Queen’s goalmouth in the opening half, with Eugene McVerry denied on two occasions.

McConville's three-pointer edged Armagh in front on the restart, and despite the students best efforts the Orchard County claimed victory.

In Group C, goals were key as Cavan claimed a 3-12 to 0-12 win over Antrim in windy conditions at Creggan.

Cavan led by 1-03 to 0-04 at half-time, with their goal coming in the opening minute from Kevin Tierney.

This game opened up hugely on the restart, with goals from David Givney and Tierney in a 14-minute spell central to victory for the visitors.

Ten players were on target for Down in their 1-15 to 0-07 win over UUJ at Páirc Esler in Newry.

UUJ started brightly thanks to scores from Antrim's Niall McKeever and Down's Paul McPolin, but Down registered five unanswered points and never looked back.

Mark Poland led the charge for the hosts with five points, with Down leading by 0-07 to 0-03 at the interval.

James McCartan's charges began the second half in the best possible fashion with a Peter Fitzpatrick goal, as they moved 1-11 to 0-03 ahead by the 49th minute.

Caolan O'Boyle, Danny Savage and Danny McClean worked hard for the students, but Down were full value for their 11-point win.

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