Tyrone began the defence of their Dr McKenna Cup title with a 1-12 to 1-10 win over 12-man Armagh in a feisty encounter today which saw 19 cards flashed at the Athletic Grounds – four of them red.
Armagh led by 0-6 to 0-5 at the interval, after Tyrone’s Colm Cavanagh and Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever received straight red cards.
Aidan McCrory’s goal gave Tyrone the lead, before Eugene McVerry responded with an Orchard three-pointer.
Armagh lost defenders Finnan Moriarty and Aaron Findon to second bookings, and the Red Hands hit the game’s final five points, three of them from Darren McCurry.
Also in Section C, CJ McGourty hit a late point to give Antrim a 1-7 to 0-9 win over St Mary’s at Creggan, giving new manager Frank Fitzsimmons a positive start.
In Section A, Monaghan survived a UUJ comeback to win by 0-20 to 2-10 at Castleblayney.
The Farney men were cruising with a 0-17 to 0-8 lead, thanks to scores from Daniel McKenna, Brendan McElroy and Christophjer McKenna, who hit 15 points between them.
Jordanstown hit back with two Caolan O’Boyle goals, but Malachy O’Rourke’s men held out for a four points winning margin.
Also in Section A, new Down manager Jim McCorry got off to a losing start, as the Mourne men went down by 1-9 to 2-11 to Cavan at Newry.
Two Martin Reilly goals late in the first half gave the Breffni men a 2-4 to 0-6 interval lead, before Conor Laverty pulled back a consolation goal.
There was a heavy defeat for new Donegal manager Rory Gallagher at Owenbeg, where Derry ran out 1-16 to 0-8 winners.
Emmet McGuckin’s 15th-minute goal gave the Oak Leafers a 1-5 to 0-5 interval cushion, and they pushed on in the second half with scores from Mark Lynch, Daniel McKinless, Barry McGoldrick and Sean Leo McGoldrick.
Fermanagh, who failed to record a win in last year’s competition, made a positive start with a 1-13 to 0-9 win over Queen’s University.