Down net four times to cruise past Monaghan

Down brought their shooting boots to Clones as they registered a fine 4-12 to 0-11 victory over Monaghan in the Reigning Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup.

Down brought their shooting boots to Clones as they registered a fine 4-12 to 0-11 victory over Monaghan in the Reigning Power NI Dr. McKenna Cup.

Kalum King (2), Dan Gordon and Benny Coulter all found the net for the Mourne men, who now hold a two-point lead at the top of Section B.

Monaghan struggled in the opening half and were 3-6 to 0-3 adrift at the break, with free-taker Paul Finlay (0-2) and Ciaran Hanratty their only scorers.

King's strikes after 8 and 22 minutes, along with Gordon's effort just before half-time, shot Down ahead and Coulter tapped in after 42 minutes to complete the glut of goals.

Credit to the Farney men, they responded with eight successive points and Finlay emerged as their top scorer with 0-8 in all.

Meanwhile, Armagh opened their win account for the new season by beating St. Mary's of Belfast on a 1-18 to 0-10 scoreline at the Athletic Grounds.

Peter Canavan's nephew Thomas Canavan was a leading light for the students, landing three points in an evenly-fought second half.

However, the first period belonged to Armagh. Corner forward Ryan Rafferty slotted home the game's only goal, following a clever pass from Anton Duffy.

The Orchard men built a 1-11 to 0-3 lead by half-time, stringing together eight points in-a-row in the lead up to the break.

St. Mary's opening two scores came from placed balls from goalkeeper Niall Morgan. They lacked the firepower to get back in touch, but Derry starlet Emmett Bradley, who was sprung from the bench along with Canavan, did catch the eye in attack.

In Section C, Cavan leaked a goal in each half but still emerged as 1-14 to 2-8 winners over Donegal at Kingspan Breffni Park.

The Breffni men trailed by 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time after Stephen Griffin netted for the visitors. But Val Andrews' new-look side improved in the second half, with Ray Galligan winning a penalty after gathering a high ball.

Fellow corner forward Niall McDermott converted the penalty to make it 1-10 to 1-7 and although they hit a number of wides, final points from strong-running midfielder Gearoid McKiernan and Galligan sewed up the win.

Donegal finished with 14 players after Thomas McKenzie was sent-off for his second bookable offence. They gained some consolation in the form of a late goal from Patrick McBrearty.

In Section A, Fermanagh and Tyrone are tied on four points apiece ahead of their round 3 clash at Healy Park next Wednesday night.

Seamus Quigley struck 1-8 for the second week running as Peter Canavan's Fermanagh side defeated Queen's University 2-13 to 0-10.

Former Footballer of the Year Stephen O'Neill left Casement Park with 1-3 to the name, the Red Hands producing a late rally to maintain their winning start to 2012.

Substitute O'Neill nabbed a vital goal in the closing stages for Tyrone, and Mark Donnelly and Peter Hughes fired over the final points of a well-contested encounter.

REIGNING POWER NI DR. MCKENNA CUP - ROUND 2 RESULTS:

SECTION A:

Antrim 0-10 Tyrone 1-12, Casement Park

Fermanagh 2-13 Queen's 0-10, Brewster Park

SECTION B:

Monaghan 0-11 Down 4-12, Clones

Armagh 1-18 St. Mary's 0-10, Athletic Grounds

SECTION C:

Cavan 1-14 Donegal 2-8, Kingspan Breffni Park

Derry 1-16 UUJ 0-14, Celtic Park (played on Saturday)

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