Done ga lease past Down to setup Ca van clash
Donegal ran out easy 1-17 to 0-10 winners against Down in Newry but the win came at a cost, with Eoin McHugh suffering a hamstring injury which looks set to rule him out of the opening round of the National League.
Declan Bonner’s men led 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time, by which stage Down had had a goal from Conor McGrady ruled out under the new trial rules as referee Martin Cassidy ruled there had been too many handpasses in the build-up. Martin McElhinney finished with 0-4, with Caolán McGonagle bagging the goal with 10 minutes to go.
They will meet Cavan – who blew Queen’s University aside in Ballyconnell – on Wednesday night. Cavan held the students scoreless in the second half as they ran out 0-17 to 0-3 victors.
Elsewhere Tyrone, starting with only three of those who featured in last year’s All-Ireland final, defeated University of Ulster by 2-14 to 1-9 in Omagh. Tyrone were 0-8 to 0-5 ahead at the break but their own Lee Brennan was keeping the visitors in touch, and his fourth point made it a one-point game in the second half. However, the introduction of Rory Brennan, Cathal McShane, Niall Sludden and Peter Harte steadied the ship and goals from Harte (who hit 1-2) and Declan McClure saw them ease over the finish line.
Monaghan were held to a draw in Clones by St Mary’s University, who landed three injury-time points. Spurred on by Shane McGuigan (0-5, four frees), the students were level by half-time on 0-8 but when Monaghan’s Barry McGinn – who finished with 1-7 (0-3 frees) – goaled with 20 minutes to go, the Farney were four up. St Mary’s dug in and finished well to grab a point on a 1-14 to 0-17 scoreline.
Armagh were always in control against Antrim in Glenavy, Belfast, winning by 2-21 to 1-10, with Stefan Campbell accounting for 0-8 (three frees). Paddy McBride opened the scoring for Antrim after 30 seconds before Armagh took charge and once they hit the front with two Ryan McShane points, they were never headed. By the 12th minute, the game was over as a contest when McShane scored a goal and then Jamie Clarke converted a penalty to put nine between them, a lead that was stretched to 2-12 to 0-2 at half-time. Antrim recorded their goal in the fifth minute of second-half injury time from Eoghan McCabe.
At Brewster Park, Ben McCarron was the hero for Derry as he came off the bench after four minutes to bag 3-1 in their 3-9 to 2-8 win over Fermanagh. Derry sped into a 1-5 to 0-1 lead and although Ryan Lyons pulled a goal back for the hosts before the break, Damien McErlean’s side were never threatened.