Done ga lease past Down to setup Ca van clash

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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.

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