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McGuigan inspires Oak Leafs to maiden triumph

Derry 0-10 Tipperary 0-06

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Hot stuff: Shane McGuigan top scored with seven points

Hot stuff: Shane McGuigan top scored with seven points

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Hot stuff: Shane McGuigan top scored with seven points

Derry defeated Tipperary by four points at windswept Celtic Park to finally kickstart their league campaign with their first win of the season.

Slaughtneil's Shane McGuigan top scored for the Oak Leafs, hitting seven points including the last point of the game to confirm the home win.

On a day to forget for Tipperary, David Power's side finished with just 13 men after the dismissals of Steven O'Brien and Daire Brennan in the 52nd minute.

Despite facing a brisk first-half breeze, Derry strolled in a point up at the break after edging a low-scoring half 0-4 to 0-3. An unholy combination of poor weather conditions and defensive football robbed the game of any attacking flair.

Tipperary failed to score from play all game but free-taker Conor Sweeney ensured the visitors were well in the contest in a nervy opening half.

For Derry, who were content to sit back and soak up any Tipperary pressure, points from Niall Toner and roving defender Niall Kennan sandwiched a pair of McGuigan frees.

A Jack Kennedy free pulled the sides level shortly after the restart, but five consecutive points after the interval laid the foundations for the Oak Leaf victory and McGuigan was at the very heart of it.

Tipperary's outside chances of a win were wiped out completely with the untimely dismissals of O'Brien and Brennan, and with Alan Campbell also in the sin-bin it left their side playing with just 12 men midway through the second half.

But despite their numerical superiority, Derry retreated into their defensive shell for the remainder of the game.

Rory Gallagher's men went 20 minutes without a score before star man McGuigan swung over the last point of the game in injury time to confirm Derry's maiden victory.

The Oak Leaf County host Louth next, while beaten opponents Tipperary face a daunting game indeed when they travel to Semple Stadium to face unbeaten Cork.

Scorers: Derry: S McGuigan 0-7 (0-1 f), L McGondrick 0-1, N Keenan 0-1, N Toner 0-1

Tipperary: C Sweeney 0-3 f. J Kennedy 0-2 fs, K O'Halloran 0-1f

Derry: O Lynch, C McWilliams, B Rogers, L McGoldrick, S Downey, P McGrogan, N Keenan, C McFaul, C McKaigue, E Bradley, P Cassidy, D Tallon, B Heron, S McGuigan, N Toner

Subs: A Doherty for P Cassidy (58), C Bradley for E Bradley (63), D Cassidy for N Toner (70), C Doherty for B Heron (70), C McAtamney for D Tallon (70)

Tipperary: E Comerford, A Campbell, J Meagher, C O'Shaughnessy, E Moloney, R Kiely, D Brennan, S O'Brien, C Kennedy, K Fahey, J Kennedy, B Fox, L Boland, C Sweeney, K O'Halloran

Subs: J Nyland for L Boland (HT), R Quigley for R Kiely (HT), A Moloney for C Kennedy (50), C Kennedy for K O'Halloran (61), T Fitzgerald for K Fahey (70)

Referee: J Henry (Mayo)

Belfast Telegraph