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Queen's and Derry secure Dr McKenna Cup victories

Cathal O'Rourke
Former Armagh player Cathal O'Rourke is manager of Queen's

Queen's University proved too strong for Monaghan in their Barrett Dr McKenna Cup Section B opener at Clones.

Both sides finished with 14 men in a highly competitive encounter as Queen's University took a 0-13 to 0-9 win.

Derry enjoyed a slender 1-12 to 1-10 advantage over Cavan in their game at Breffni Park on Saturday night.

John Brennan's charges led by 0-11 to 0-3 at half-time with all of the Oak Leafers scores coming from open play. Michael Brennan grabbed a late goal.

Monaghan were dealt a major blow with the dismissal of Francis Caulfield in the first half and Queen's upped a gear to lead by two points at the interval at Clones on Saturday afternoon.

Substitute Joe Ireland was sent-off in the second period but the students held on to get off to a winning start.

Cathal O'Rourke's charges were met with a determined Monaghan challenge, as the students edged a 0-5 to 0-3 score-line at half-time, with Tyrone's Niall McKenna and Derry's Charlie Kielt prominent.

Monaghan matched the visitors well early on and led by 0-2 to 0-1 following points from Paul Finlay and Martin McElroy after 12 minutes.

Midfielder Caulfield received a second yellow card for a mistimed tackle on Kielt in the 13th minute.

After the break, McKenna and Kielt were among the scorers as Queen's built up a 0-10 to 0-4 lead within 14 minutes of the restart.

Ireland received a straight red card following a dangerous tackle towards the end of the third quarter, but despite his dismissal and goal chances for Monaghan duo Eoghan Duffy and Keith Hill, Queen's held out for victory.

Visitors Derry got their McKenna Cup campaign off to an impressive start thanks to a 1-12 to 1-10 win over Cavan.

John Brennan's charges led by 0-11 to 0-3 at half-time with all of the Oak Leafers scores coming from open play.

Conleth Gilligan led the charge with five well taken points from play in the opening half, with Paddy Bradley claiming two points inside the opening 35 minutes.

Derry were dominant in all sectors in the opening period, with James Kielt particularly impressive at midfield.

Cavan were dealt a major blow midway through the half as they lost their goalkeeper James Reilly through injury and he was replaced by David Ward.

Derry continued to perform strongly on the restart, but Cavan dug deep in the closing stages, holding the visitors to just 1-1 in the second half.

A late Michael Brennan goal put Cavan back into the frame with Derry holding a late 1-12 to 1-9 lead.

However, Derry held out to register their first win of 2011.

Barrett McKenna Cup Results

Section A

Donegal 0-14 0-10 UUJ

Section B

Monaghan 0-9 0-13 Queen's

Cavan 1-10 1-12 Derry

Section C

Down 3-11 2-15 Armagh

Antrim 2-12 0-09 St Mary's

see also
Armagh and Antrim open with wins
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Donegal beat UUJ in McKenna Cup
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Tyrone McKenna Cup game postponed
14 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Harte pays tribute to daughter
11 Jan 11 |  Northern Ireland
Padden poised for move to Armagh
10 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games

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