Down progress to the McKenna Cup semis after St Mary's draw

Kalum King
Kalum King hit Down's goal in the McKenna Cup draw against St Mary's

Down secured a place in the Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals despite being held to a 1-5 to 0-8 draw by St Mary's University College in a drab clash at Newry.

The Mourne County led 1-4 to 0-3 at half-time with Kallum King scoring Down's goal a minute before half-time.

Arthur McConville scored Down's only second-half point as Ronan Sexton's two late points earned Mary's a draw.

Paul Carville's late point helped Armagh beat Monaghan 0-13 to 0-12 in the other Section B clash.

Paul Finlay hit seven of Monaghan's points with Eoin Duffy and Stephen Gollogly also among the Farney scorers.

Eugene McVerry hit four first-half points for Armagh as the sides were level 0-6 to 0-6 at the break.

Gollogly and Finlay were among the scorers as Monaghan moved into a 0-9 to 0-6 lead but Armagh fought back to level at 0-9 to 0-9 despite having James Lavery sent off for two yellow cards.

The sides went score for score until Carville's winning free in the second-minute of injury-time after Ciaran McKeever was adjudged to have been fouled.

At Newry, Down racked up an amazing 19 wides - 13 of which came in the first half.

King's 34th-minute goal came after John McAreavey had won possession in midfield and found Eoin McCartan.

The Mourne County did have an escape in the 25th minute when John Gilmore rounded keeper Brendan McVeigh and fired in a goalbound shot but Liam Doyle got back to clear off the line.

Down led by two points late in the game but Mourne panelist Sexton hit two late points to force a draw against his county team-mates.

Down will face Derry in the semi-finals.

Wednesday's Power NI Dr McKenna Cup results

Section A

Tyrone 0-13 1-7 Fermanagh

Antrim 2-12 1-14 Queen's University

Section B

Down 1-5 0-8 St Mary's University College

Armagh 0-13 0-12 Monaghan

Section C

Donegal 0-9 1-8 Derry

Cavan 0-16 3-5 UUJ

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