Dr McKenna Cup round-up: Tyrone eye up semi-final slot

Dr McKenna Cup round-up: Tyrone eye up semi-final slot

Holders Tyrone are closing in on a semi-final place following their second win in the Dr McKenna Cup.

A crowd of 5,170 turned up at Owenbeg to watch the Red Hands come from nine points behind to win by 1-16 to 4-06 in a thrilling encounter.

Ryan Bell netted two penalties, and the Oak Leafers also had goals from Benny Heron and Mark Craig, but they were not enough to secure victory.

Patrick Quinn grabbed a Tyrone goal before the break, and points from Richie Donnelly, Peter Harte and Connor McAliskey got them going in the second half, with Connor McAliskey sealing victory with a couple of late frees after Craig hit a fourth goal.

In Section B, St Mary’s shocked Donegal at Letterkenny with a late Ryan Johnston goal.

Jack Grogan was a first half goal-scorer for the Ranch, with Odhran MacNiallais the main marksman for the home side.

A close second half finally went the way of the students, and Johnston won it for them with a well taken strike.

Former All-Ireland winning Down manager Pete McGrath made a winning return to his native county, and came away with a win, his Fermanagh side beating the Mourne men soundly by 0-14 to 0-07 win at Newry.

Sean Quigley hit seven points, with Tomas Corrigan scoring three as the Erne men strode to a deserved victory.

They led by 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time, with Sean Dornan, Darragh O’Hanlon and Conor Maginn on target for the home side.

Dr McKenna Cup round-up: Tyrone eye up semi-final slot

Armagh produced a high octane second half display to come from behind and defeat Monaghan by 0-16 to 2-09 at Clones.

Barry McGinn’s goal gave the Farney men a 1-6 to 0-7 interval lead, and Owen Duffy’s three-pointer had them ahead by 2-7 to 0-8.

But Armagh began to perform with cohesion, and points from man of the match Stefan Campbell, Ethan Rafferty, Rory Grugan, Gavin McParland and Stefan Forker helped them take both points.

Dr McKenna Cup round-up: Tyrone eye up semi-final slot

Cavan picked up their second win, beating UUJ by 3-14 to 0-09 at Kingspan Breffni Park, where Seanie Johnston made his first appearance for the Blues since 2011, coming on as a 60th minute sub.

Substitute Paul O’Connor (2) and Enda Henry were the first half goalscorers, and points from Jack Brady, Enda O’Reilly and Niall McDermott kept them in control.

Dr McKenna Cup round-up: Tyrone eye up semi-final slot

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