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Donegal defeat UUJ in McKenna Cup Section A opener

Jim McGuinness
Jim McGuinness got his Donegal reign off to a winning start

Jim McGuinness claimed a debut win in his first game as Donegal manager thanks to a 0-14 to 0-10 win over UUJ at a sparsely attended Ballybofey.

The hosts led by 0-7 to 0-4 at half-time and extended their advantage to secure a four-point victory.

The other scheduled game in the group should have seen Fermanagh play Tyrone but that fixture has been postponed after the death of Michaela McAreavey.

That match will now be played at Brewster Park on Wednesday 26 January.

At Ballybofey, Mattie Donnelly got the students off the mark before Ryan Bradley claimed an equaliser.

Dermot Molloy and Peter Hughes traded points, before Donegal opened up a 0-7 to 0-3 lead approaching the interval.

UUJ held momentum in the closing stages of the half with Caolan O'Boyle cutting the deficit to three points at the break.

Donnelly bagged the opening score of the second half for the students inside a minute of the restart.

However a trio of scores including a brace of points from Molloy helped open up a 0-10 to 0-5 lead in the 45th minute.

Scores came at fast pace from both sides, with Donegal edging a 0-12 to 0-8 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

Despite a resiliant UUJ display, the Tir Chonaill men held out for a well merited win.

Barrett McKenna Cup

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
Queen's and Derry take victories
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Armagh and Antrim open with wins
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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