Dr McKenna Cup: Omagh clubman’s goal sparks Antrimtriumph
A Tyrone man helped to spark Antrim’s handsome 2-12 to 0-9 Barrett Sports Lighting Dr McKenna Cup victory over St Mary’s University College at rainswept Casement Park.
Omagh St Enda’s clubman Dean O’Neill certainly made the Saffrons followers sit up and take notice on Saturday night when he thundered in a superb 32nd minute goal that helped the home side to a 1-7 to 0-2 lead at the break.
And when St Mary’s goalkeeper Ronan McAnenly had the misfortune to carry Kevin Niblock’s rather tame shot over his own line in the closing stages, it sealed an emphatic victory for Liam Bradley’s boys.
In between, Paddy Cunningham and CJ McGourty had chipped over a sequence of points that helped keep Antrim in the driving seat while Mark Dougan made a big impression when he was introduced.
Kevin Mossey, one of 12 Tyrone players in the St Mary’s side, was their most dangerous forward and scored three points.
UUJ, who face Tyrone at Healy Park, Omagh on Wednesday night, found Donegal rather too sharp at Ballybofey where they went under by 0-14 to 0-10.
It was an encouraging start for new Donegal manager Jim McGuinness who saw his side take a 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead thanks mainly to the accuracy of Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy who landed five points in all.
Donegal went on to finish relatively comfortable winners.
Queen’s boss Cathal O’Rourke, the former Armagh ace, had considerable reason for satisfaction after his team overcame Monaghan by 0-13 to 0-9 at Clones.
Ryan Jones and Niall McKenna, son of Tyrone legend Eugene McKenna, established the platform for the Queen’s victory at midfield and both managed to get on the score sheet.
Monaghan were handicapped from an early stage after losing Fergus Caulfield to a second yellow card.
With Charlie Kielt joining the impressive McKenna on three points and Ryan Jones, Brian Cox and Colin Fleming each grabbing two, the Queen’s scoring load was shared. The visitors had substitute Joe Ireland red-carded late in the game. Veteran Paul Finlay landed four Monaghan points while Mark McElroy grabbed a brace.