Dr McKenna Cup semi-finalists confirmed after night of action

By Francis Mooney

The semi-finals of the Dr McKenna Cup will see holders Tyrone take on Fermanagh, and Cavan face Derry next Sunday.

Tyrone and Fermanagh both made it three wins from three outings on Wednesday evening to march into the last four.

Cavan also finished their group unbeaten, while Derry qualified as best runner-up.

Antrim's Kevin Niblick pushes forward against Tyrone's Justin Mahon and Conor Clarke. Photo: INPHO/Presseye/Jonathan Porter
Antrim's Kevin Niblick pushes forward against Tyrone's Justin Mahon and Conor Clarke. Photo: INPHO/Presseye/Jonathan Porter

Padraig McNulty punched home a goal inside the opening minutes to set the Red Hands on their way to a 2-9 to 0-6 win over Antrim at Healy Park, and Lee Brennan added another just before half-time.

Antrim failed to score from play, with substitute Colm Fleming hitting four of their six points from placed balls. The other two came from Michael McCann.

Fermanagh defeated Donegal by 0-12 to 0-8 at Brewster Park to set up a clash with Tyrone.

Sean Quigley top-scored with five points for the Erne men, with midfielder Eoin Donnelly chipping in with a couple, while Barry Mulrone’s outstanding display earned him the man of the match award.

Cavan topped Group C, qualifying for the last four despite being held to a draw by neighbours Monaghan at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Conor McManus came off the bench to hit a late equaliser for the Farney men as they earned their first point in the competition.

Cavan led by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break, with scores from Niall McDermott, Paul O’Connor, Owen Coyle and Cian Mackey, but Monaghan fought back through McManus, Conor Boyle and Jack McCarron.

Derry finished as best runners-up following their 0-17 to 2-8 win over Queen’s at Celtic Park.

Conor Kearns marked his debut with five points from play as the Oak Leafers recovered from the concession of a first half Gerard McGovern goal.

Dermot McAleese scored the students’ second goal in the closing stages.

Down defeated St Mary’s by 3-20 to 2-14, while Ulster University earned their second win of the series, defeating Armagh by 2-7 to 1-9.

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