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Dream start for Derry's McErlain, while Queen's are well beaten

By John Campbell

New Derry manager Damian McErlain enjoyed a dual bonus when he made his competitive debut on the touchline in last night's Dr McKenna Cup tie against UUJ.

Not only did McErlain see his team come out on top - just - but he also saw two of his own Oak Leaf players hit the net for the Jordanstown outfit.

The Derry boss, though, is unlikely to be impressed by his defence, which conceded 3-10, while his side posted 2-14 in recording their one-point win in a tense finish.

Derry led by 1-6 to 0-8 at the halfway stage after old hand Enda Lynn moved smartly to sweep in their goal, but they were fully extended after the break by a UUJ that revealed considerable composure and commitment.

Danny Tallon and Terence O'Brien, both of whom can expect to wear the Derry colours this year, were on target along with Ruairi McGlone.

And yet another Derry player was in scoring form last night, although he finished up on the losing side.

Emmett Bradley landed three points for Queen's against Donegal but Declan Bonner's side won by 2-15 to 0-6.

Mattie McGleenan's Cavan, meanwhile, were forced to dig deep after the break before coming out on top against St Mary's by 0-15 to 0-12.

Fermanagh gained an early bonus by beating Monaghan by 2-11 to 0-12 courtesy of two goals from Conal Jones and Aidan Breen.

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