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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 January, 2005, 14:49 GMT
Fermanagh make McKenna semi-final
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte
Mickey Harte's side hammered Antrim at Edendork
Fermanagh qualified for a McKenna Cup semi-final meeting either Derry, Queen's or Armagh by beating St Mary's 3-13 to 0-15 at Irvinestown on Sunday.

Tyrone, already virtually certain of a place in the final, made doubly sure by hammering Antrim 4-21 to 1-10 in a game which had been switched to Edendork.

Derry beat Down 0-9 to 0-5 and will make the semi unless heavily defeated by Queen's on Sunday (1400 GMT).

The Derry v Queen's game was switched from Wednesday, the venue still Lavey.

The semi-final will now take part on the scheduled final date of 30 January.

That means that the McKenna Cup will not be finished before the start of the National League a week later.

Fermanagh can't play in a semi-final next weekend because they will be on a team holiday.

Armagh are on four points after completing their games in Section B but Derry have a superior scoring average and it would take an improbable result on Sunday at Lavey to see Joe Kernan's side making the semi-final.

Impressive midfield displays by Andrew McCann and Gareth Swift helped Armagh to a 0-5 to 0-3 lead against Queen's at Crossmaglen.

Armagh then extended their advantage to 0-8 to 0-4 but Queen's reduced the deficit thanks to late points by James McGovern, Paul Courtney and Gerard O'Kane.

First half goals from Stephen O'Neill and Sean Cavanagh helped Tyrone to a 2-12 to 0-5 half-time lead against Antrim and the Red Hand County ran out 4-21 to 1-10 winners.

Derry's Johnny McBride (right) in action against Tyrone
Johnny McBride (right) had a fine game for Derry at Newry

Michael Murphy and Martin Penrose scored Tyrone's second half goals while Kevin Brady netted for the Saffrons.

Larry Reilly's goal helped Cavan edge out UUJ 1-10 to 0-11.

Goals by Fergal Duffy and Tom Freeman and a superb tally of nine points from Dick Clerkin enabled Monaghan to beat Donegal 2-15 to 0-13.

Cousins Raymond and Rory Gallagher were among Fermanagh's goalscorers in the 3-13 to 0-15 win over St Mary's which ensured the Erne County's semi-final place.

Rory Gallagher missed a first half penalty while Mark Little hit Fermanagh's third goal.

St Mary's pair Mark McCullough and Terry O'Neill were both sent off after receiving two yellow cards.

Down's Joe Doran was dismissed in his team's 0-5 to 0-9 defeat by Derry at Newry.

Paddy Bradley scored six points for Derry while Johnny McBride excelled for Mickey Moran's team in midfield.

McKenna Cup results
Section A
UUJ 0-11 1-10 Cavan
Antrim 1-10 4-21 Tyrone
Section B
Queen's 0-7 0-8 Armagh
Down 0-5 0-9 Derry
Section C
Monaghan 2-15 0-13 Donegal
Fermanagh 3-13 0-15 St Mary's

Remaining McKenna Cup fixtures
19 January
Section B: Derry v Queen's at Lavey (1930 GMT) 30 January
Semi-final: (1) Winner of Group B v Fermanagh

Date TBA
Final: Tyrone v (1)


Other results
O'Byrne Cup Semi-Finals
Westmeath 0-12 1-6 Louth
Laois 2-10 2-9 Kildare
McGrath Cup Quarter-Finals
Tralee IT 2-8 0-9 Waterford
Tipperary 1-10 0-8 Kerry
Connacht FBD Football League
Mayo 1-10 0-12 Sligo IT
NUI Galway 1-14 0-12 Roscommon
GMIT 0-16 0-11 Sligo
Leitrim 2-10 0-5 Clare



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