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Tyrone game among four Dr McKenna Cup postponements

Ciaran Gervin
Ciaran Gervin had been set to make his Tyrone debut at Healy Park

Tyrone's Barrett Dr McKenna Cup opener against UUJ was called off because of a frozen pitch as were the games at Ballybofey, Armagh and Inniskeen.

Donegal were set to face Fermanagh at Ballybofey with Monaghan hosting Cavan at Inniskeen and Armagh taking on St Mary's at the Athletic Grounds.

That left Derry's clash against Queen's and Antrim v Down as the only games still on.

The competition will not now be completed before the start of the NFL.

A revised fixtures list announced by the Ulster Council has the second semi-final not taking place until Saturday 12 February with no date yet arranged for the final.

The National League starts on the weekend of 5/6 February.

Tyrone's had been scheduled to make an emotional return to action after Michaela McAreavey's tragic death.

Derry face Queen's at Celtic Park with both teams on maximum points after opening wins over Cavan and Monaghan.

Conleth Gilligan hit five points from play in the 1-12 to 1-10 win over Cavan while Paddy Bradley also was in fine form.

Queen's Charlie Kielt will be in action against his county team-mates after starring in the 0-13 to 0-9 win over Monaghan, where Niall McKenna also impressed.

Liam Doyle could also see more action for Down against Antrim at Casement Park after coming on as a late substitute in Sunday's narrow defeat by Armagh.

Doyle had been out of action at county level for over two years because of serious knee injuries.

Mark Sweeney and Dean O'Neill produced impressive debuts for Antrim in Saturday's win over St Mary's and could get more game time against the Mourne County.

The McCann brothers Tomas and Michael could earn starts after not being involved against St Mary's.


Dr McKenna Cup revised fixtures

Saturday 22 January (1900)

Section A

UUJ v Fermanagh (Brewster Park)

Section B

QUB v Cavan (Breffni Park)

Section C

St Mary's v Down (Pairc Esler)

Sunday 23 January (1400)

Section A

Tyrone v Donegal (Healy Park)

Section B

Derry v Monaghan (Celtic Park)

Section C

Armagh v Antrim at (Athletic Grounds)

Wednesday 26th January (1930)

Section A

Fermanagh v Tyrone (Brewster Park)

Section B

Monaghan v Cavan at (Inniskeen)

Section C

Armagh v St Mary's (Athletic Grounds)

Saturday 29 January (1900 unless stated)

Section A

UUJ v Tyrone (Healy Park)

Donegal v Fermanagh (MacCumhaill Park)

Semi-Final:

Winner of Section C v Winner of Section B (1930)

Saturday 12 February (1900)

Semi-Final:

Winner of Section A v fourth placed team

Final TBC



see also
Armagh and Antrim open with wins
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Donegal beat UUJ in McKenna Cup
15 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games
Queen's and Derry take victories
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
Harte names two Tyrone debutants
07 Jan 11 |  Gaelic Games


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