Gavin McParland sensational for Armagh in Dr McKenna Cup win

Armagh 2-11 St Mary’s 0-14: A stunning 2-4 contribution from livewire corner-forward Gavin McParland underpinned this hard-earned Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup win for Armagh at the saturated Athletic Grounds last night.

Gavin McParland sensational for Armagh in  Dr McKenna Cup win

St Mary’s looked lively in the first quarter and led 0-4 to 0-1 with Ryan Johnston (2), Jack Grugan and Thomas Canavan on target. But Armagh found their feet and enjoyed parity when McParland complemented his four points up until then with a penalty.

St Mary’s, though, led still led 0-11 to 1-5 at the break but Armagh’s power and physique surfaced in the second-half and McParland’s second goal cemented their dominance.

Armagh scorers: G McParland 2-4, C McKeever 0-1, T Kernan 0-1 (f), J Clarke 0-2, E McVerry 0-1, S Connell 0-1, D McKenna 0-1.

St Mary’s scorers: T Canavan 0-5 (2f), J Johnston 0-3, R Johnston 0-2 (1 ‘45’), J Grugan 0-2, K McGeary 0-1, A Forker 0-1.

ARMAGH: T Harney; E McArdle, B Donaghy, J Donneelly; S Connell, C McKeever, C Vernon; D McKenna, S Harold; S Forker, T Kernan, F O’Neill; O MacIomhair, S Sheridan, G McParland.

Subs: P Courtney for O’Neill (h/t), M Murray for Donnelly (43), E McVerry for MacIomhair (49), J Clarke for Forker (50), C Rafferty for McParland (62),

ST MARY’S: R Burns; R Wilson, J Morgan, D Morrow; P McBride, A Forker, H Loughran; C McCann, B Og McGilligan; J Johnston, K McGeary, R Johnston; T Canavan, M Fitzpatrick, J Grugan. Subs: B O’Hagan for Fitzpatrick, C Quinn for McCann (63m).

Referee: Ciaran Trainor (Down).

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