Down pass University of Ulster test in style

Down 1-13 University of Ulster 1-07: Down made light of terrible conditions in Páirc Esler to see off the students in last night’s Dr McKenna Cup tie.

Down pass University of Ulster test in style

The home side got off to a dream start with a goal from Conor Laverty after 55 seconds.

Down’s Caolan Mooney scored a superb point for the students in UU’s only score from play in the first half.

Mayo star Cillian O’Connor converted tricky dead ball chances into a difficult wind as UU trailed by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break.

Niall McKeever was credited with a bizarre goal for UU after 41 minutes.

Down pulled clear in the last 10 minutes with scores from Cathal Crilly and Conor Laverty to ensure victory.

DOWN: S Kane; D O’Hagan, L Howard, D Turley; M Magee, B McArdle, D McKay (0-1); N Madine (0-1), P Fitzpatrick (0-1); P Devlin (0-2, 2f), C McGovern, C Maginn (0-1); C Laverty (1-1), A McConville (0-1), D O’Hare (0-4, 2f).

Subs: C Garvey for McKay (HT), K McKernan for D Turley (54), P Turley for Madine (BC, 57), C Crilly (0-1) for McGovern (62), K Anderson for McConville (66)

UU: S Fox; K Brady, R Johnston, D McNally; B Sankey, M Donnelly, C Harkin; C Mooney (0-1), N McKeever (1-1); F Burns, C O’Boyle, R Donnelly; L Gervin, R O’Neill, C O’Connor (0-3, 3f).

Subs: P McBrearty (0-2) for Gervin (HT), K Hughes for Harkin (HT), M Johnston for Sankey (47), P Casey for McNally (53), J McGovern for Burns (68), R McAlinden for R Donnelly (68)

Referee: Sean Laverty (Antrim).

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