Mad­den snatches win

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

Mul­li­nalaghta boss Mickey Gra­ham guided his na­tive Ca­van to vic­tory in a fi­esty Dr McKenna Cup opener at Kingspan Br­effni.

A draw looked on the cards be­fore Conor Mad­den pro­duced a great long-range point in added-on time to seal the deal for the hosts.

Pat Hav­ern played a key role in Down’s dis­play and his 9th minute point helped ease his side into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead.

A gem of a point from Ca­van debu­tant Stephen Smith and an­other fine ef­fort from Hav­ern made it 0-6 to 0-4 for the vis­i­tors but points from Pierce Smith and Ray­mond Gal­li­gan drew Ca­van level (0-6 to 0-6) at the in­ter­val.

In­trigu­ingly, Down failed to score for the open­ing 21 min­utes of the sec­ond half as points from Gal­li­gan (45), Si­mon Cad­den and Stephen Smith helped Ca­van into a 0-11 to 0-6 lead af­ter 54 min­utes.

Down re­sponded with a goal from a penalty by Hav­ern and a point from Conor O’Grady had them level be­fore Mad­den’s fine win­ning score.

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