Tyrone eye McKenna Cup after defeat of St Mary’s

Holders Tyrone are on the verge of a place in the Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals following their 1-12 to 0-3 win over St Mary’s at Omagh today.

Tyrone eye McKenna Cup after defeat of St Mary’s

Holders Tyrone are on the verge of a place in the Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals following their 1-12 to 0-3 win over St Mary’s at Omagh today.

Three Connor McAliskey points helped the Red Hands to a 0-5 to 0-2 half-time lead, with the students down to 14 men following the dismissal of St Mary’s defender James Morgan, who picked up a black card after being booked.

They missed a chance to go level when Jerome Johnston’s penalty was saved by Mickey O’Neill, and Tyrone responded with a Patrick Quinn goal.

They finished strongly with points from Sean Cavanagh, Kyle Coney, Rory Brennan and Cathal McShane.

Armagh defeated Antrim by 2-11 to 1-4 at Creggan, with the help of goals from Stefan Forker and Oisin MacIomhair.

Ace attacker Jamie Clarke, selected in the half back line, was sent off on a second booking.

The result of the day belonged to plucky Fermanagh, who got the better of Derry at Celtic Park, where Sean Quigley’s late goal gave Pete McGrath’s side a 1-9 to 1-7 success.

Derry led by 0-5 to 0-4 at the halfway stage, with Mark Craig and Mark Lynch hitting tidy scores.

James McMahon and Ryan Jones kept the Erne men in touch, but they were stiul chasing the game when Benny Heron’s goal put the Oak Leaf men two ahead.

But they made it two wins from two, and top Group B, when Quigley refused to give up on a lost cause and squeezed home his winning goal seven minutes from the end.

UUJ sparked a shock with a 1-8 to 0-10 win over Cavan at Breffni Park.

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor led the way for the students, slotting home a first half penalty to give them a 1-6 to 0-5 interval lead.

Ronan O’Neill and Frank Burns were also on target, with Gearoid McKiernan and Jack Brady keeping the home side in touch.

Cavan fought back strongly in the second half, with Enda Reilly and Martin Reilly narrowing the gap, before Brady left just a point between the sides, but UUJ held out to take the points.

Down scored their first win in the competition, beating Monaghan by 1-12 to 0-11 at Clones.

The Mourne men got off to a dream start with a Donal O’Hare goal after just 20 seconds, and led by 1-5 to 0-7 at the break, after Daniel McKenna and Darren Hughes had responded for Monaghan.

But it was Paul Devlin who popped up with the two late points that secured a first success for new manager Jim McCorry.

Donegal bounced back from last week’s defeat with a 2-16 to 1-8 win over QUB.

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