Donegal bounce back in McKenna Cup

Armagh 0-11- 1-10 Donegal
Published Sunday, 12 January 2014
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Donegal bounced back from their opening day Dr McKenna Cup defeat to holders Tyrone by overcoming Armagh in a tense encounter at the Athletic Grounds on Sunday.

Donegal bounce back in McKenna Cup
Armagh's James Lavery with Donegal's Neil Gallagher. (© Presseye)

In spite of a bright opening by the Orchard County which saw them lead 0-7 to 0-4 at half time, Donegal captain Michael Murphy's second-half goal helped Jim McGuinness' side secure victory by 1-10 to 0-11.

The Red Hands meanwhile enjoyed a facile victory over Queen's to virtually guarantee themselves a semi-final berth.

Tyrone debutant Danny McNulty and Queen's forward Ryan Rafferty both found the net in a closely contested opening period which saw the sides level on 1-6 apiece at the break.

However Tyrone came out strongly in the second half, and scored a second goal through McNulty's Clonoe team-mate and fellow Red Hand debutant PJ Laverty.

With Mickey Harte's side firmly in control, Paddy McNiece fired in a third goal to seal a 3-19 to 1-8 victory.

In Section B Derry proved too strong for Fermanagh, winning by 1-11 to 2-6 to condemn new Erne manager Pete McGrath to his second successive defeat since taking over from Peter Canavan.

In the other game in Section B Monaghan were easy 1-16 to 0-8 winners over St Mary's.

In section C Cavan made it two wins out of two with a comprehensive 1-9 to 0-5 win over a lacklustre Down side, while Antrim picked up their first win of the season with a 1-17 to 2-8 win over UUJ.

The final round of group matches is due to take place on Wednesday night.

Sunday's McKenna Cup results:

Armagh 0-11 - 1-10 Donegal

Tyrone 3-19 - 1-08 Queen's

Cavan 1-09 - 0-05 Down

Monaghan 1-16 - 0-08 St Mary's

Derry 1-11 - 2-04 Fermanagh

Antrim 1-17- 2-08 UUJ

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Comments Comments
bucko kelly in ballinderry co derry wrote (383 days ago):
well done derry lads,a step closer 2 lifting the mckenna cup !!!!
Belfast in Belfast wrote (383 days ago):
Cavan are team to watch in 2014
Saffron of in Belfast wrote (383 days ago):
Saffrons abu .. Phil maguire man of the match on his debut for antrim..
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