Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home Sport GAA Derry

Derry ring changes to progress to Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals

Derry0-17 Queen's 2-08

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/01/2016

Derry's Enda Lynn
Derry's Enda Lynn

Derry qualified for the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup, in which they will meet Cavan, after defeating Queen's at Celtic Park.

Derry, as the best runners-up in the groups, now join Tyrone, Fermanagh and Cavan in this weekend's semi-finals.

True to his word, Derry boss Damian Barton made as many as 12 changes to the team that started in the defeat to Tyrone and gave competitive debuts to Peter Quinn, Shane Mulgrew, Gavin McWilliams and goalkeeper Ciaron O'Boyle.

Defeats at the hands of Tyrone and Antrim left the students nothing to play for other than sharpening their match fitness for the upcoming Sigerson Cup campaign.

Queen's led 1-02 to 0-04 after Gerard McGovern scrambled home a goal in the 17th minute.

The home team dominated the remainder of the half with Enda Lynn prominent as Derry ran in 0-10 to 1-05 ahead at the break with debutant Conor Kearns scoring three points.

Queen's trailed by a point when Martin Clarke converted a 47th minute free.

James Kielt, Ryan Bell and man of the match Kearns - hitting his fifth from play - were then among the scores as Derry prevailed by three points.

Despite losing Anthony Doherty to a second card, Dermot McAleese scored a second goal for Queen's late on.

Scorers: Derry: Conor Kearns 0-5, Ryan Bell 0-3, Mark Lynch 0-2 (0-1f), Chrissy McKaigue 0-1, Neil Forester 0-1, Shane Mulgrew 0-1, Shane McGahon 0-1, James Kielt 0-1, Niall Loughlin 0-1, Shane Heavron 0-1

Queen's: Dermot McAlees 1-1, Gerard McGovern 1-1, Martin Clarke 0-2f, Ciaran Harney 0-2 (0-1f), Brendan Rogers 0-1, Shea Heffron 0-1.

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph