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Dr McKenna Cup: Derry rise to university challenge

Derry 2-15 Queen’s 0-6: A dominant second half performance saw Derry cruise to victory over Queen's University on an immaculate Celtic Park surface last night in one of the few games to survive the frost.



In the third minute Derry’s Dermot McBride was adjudged to have fouled full forward PD Savage but keeper Danny Devlin pulled off a sensational save as he dived to his left to turn Oak Leaf native James Kielt’s low shot for a ‘45’.

After that shaky start Derry opened the scoring in the seventh minute when Conleith Gilligan took a pass from Ruairi Shivers and floated the ball over the bar. Two minutes later Queen’s were level when Charlie Kielt — brother of James — landed a free.

Sean Leo McGoldrick spotted Queen’s keeper Peter Graham off his line and chipped the ball delightfully over his head for the only goal of the first half on 10 minutes.

Three minutes from half time Dermot McBride prevented a certain goal when he saved a blistering shot from Joe O’Brien on the line, Niall McKenna pointing to cut Derry’s half time lead to 1-4 to 0-4.

In the second half a rampant Derry cut loose with a barrage of scores.

A rather fortuitous goal two minutes into the second half from Paddy Bradley put the Oak Leafers 2-5 to 0-5 ahead. From there to the end it was one way traffic as Bradley 1-4, 0-2 frees, and Declan Mullan, with 0-4, contributed handsomely to the commanding win.

Derry scorers: P Bradley 1-4 (0-2 frees), SL McGoldrick 1-2, D Mullan 0-4, C Gilligan |0-2, M Lynch, M Drumm, A McAlynn (0-1) each.

Queen’s scorers: C Kielt 0-3 (all frees), N McKenna 0-3.

Derry: D Devlin; B McAlary, K McCloy, D McBride; M Drumm, B McGoldrick, G O’Kane; PJ McCloskey, J Conway; D Mullan, SL McGoldrick, M Lynch; R Shivers, P Bradley, C Gilligan.

Queen’s: P Graham; O Duffy, L O’Neill, O Costello; S Finch, J O’Kane, M Gallagher; R Jones, N McKenna; B Cox, J Kielt, C McGovern; T O’Hagan, PD Savage, C Kielt.

Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Donegal).

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