Murray stars as Queen’s edge past Derry

Derry 1-5 Queen’s 1-9

Derry saved everyone the hassle of getting the calculators out as their highly experimental team lost their final McKenna Cup outing to Queen’s.

The Oak Leafers handed starts to 11 of their under-21 team, and only the withdrawals of Ciaran McFaul and Terence O’Brien prevented that figure from being 13.

Antrim’s Ryan Murray stood out a mile for Queen’s, hitting 1-5, including a blistering finish past Eoin McNicholl for his side’s goal.

Niall Loughlin replied with a first Derry goal on his own club ground, but the Oak Leafers finished the game with 13 men after black cards for debutants Peter Hagan and Anthony Hargan after they’d used all six subs.

DERRY: E McNicholl; A Hargan, D Mullan, D Brown; P McElroy, L McGoldrick, M Sweeney; M Lynch (0-1f), C McAtamney; C Murphy, J Kearney (0-3f), E Lynn; N Toner (0-1), D McKinless, N Loughlin (1-0).

Subs: O Duffy for L McGoldrick (blood sub, 20, reversed 23), O Duffy for Mullan (25), P Hagan for McElroy (30), E Bradley for Lynch (ht), S Brady for Toner (ht), B McGoldrick for Brown (ht), P Cassidy for L McGoldrick (45).

QUEEN’S: M Cunningham; C McCormick, G McGovern, B Burns; B McCann, S Warnock, N Delargy; J Dowling, C Cullen; M Jordan, T Donnelly (0-1), R Murray (1-5, 0-3f); M Monan, M McCann (0-1), C Daly (0-1).

Subs: M Donaghy (0-1) for C McCormick, C Kearns for Dowling (49), S Fox for M McCann (52), D Higgins for Jordan (61), E Toner for McGovern (66), G McCabe for C Cullen (69).

Referee: D Connolly (Monaghan).

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