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Derry 1-14 UUJ 0-06

By Declan Bogue

Brian McIver secured his first win as Derry boss with an emphatic 11 point victory over Ballinderry club mate Adrian McGuckin and his understrength Jordanstown outfit.

Making 10 changes to the starting line-up which lost out to Tyrone in the opening McKenna Cup fixture, McIver granted a total of seven new debuts on Saturday evening in a frosty Celtic Park.

And it was Ciaran McFaul who took fullest advantage.

The Glen Maghera man played a starring role at centre half forward and hit the decisive score at the end of the first half when he burst through and fired home to put his side six up at the break.

Derry were in cruise control in the second period with Coilin Devlin looking sharp at corner forward but it was James Kielt who finished the rout, the Kilrea man firing over the final three scores of the game to see off a tame Jordanstown challenge.

McIver sympathised with the opposition afterwards.

“It’s very difficult for Jordanstown to be missing their best players as it is for all the other universities,” he said.

“Something needs to seriously be sorted out,” added McIver, delighted to get a first victory as Derry boss.

UUJ, who have now lost both of their fixtures, face a daunting trip to Healy Park to play Tyrone on Wednesday night, while Derry entertain Antrim as the McKenna Cup reaches a climax.

Derry: T Mallon; C McWilliams (0-1), D McBride, B McCallion; C McAtamney (0-1), M Lynch, P Bradley (0-1); B Gormley, PJ McCloskey; E Lynn (0-1), C McFaul (1-1), D Heavron; C Devlin (0-2), E Bradley (0-2, 0-1f), J Kielt (0-5, 0-2f). Subs: L Kennedy for E Bradley (ht), G O'Kane for McCallion (52), K Johnston for McAtamney (52), J McCamley for Gormley (58), R Ferris for Lynn (63).

UUJ: M McReynolds; K Nugent, R Moore, D Quinn; E Wade, G McCartan; E Deeney; C Duffin (0-1f), C McKaigue; R Donnelly (0-2f), A Devlin (0-2, 0-1f), G McGovern; G O’Neill, E McGuckin (0-1), D Lynch. Subs: D Gorman for Nugent (20), D McEntee for Moore (42), R Corrigan for O’Neill (49), S McGarrity for McGovern (49), G Rennicks for Duffin (58).

Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Donegal).

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