McKenna Cup: Monaghan 0-11 1-12 Down

Donal O'Hare gave Down the perfect start at Clones
Donal O'Hare gave Down the perfect start at Clones

Donal O'Hare's goal after just 20 seconds helped Down to a 1-12 to 0-11 victory over Monaghan in the McKenna Cup Section A game at Clones.

Monaghan hit back after O'Hare early strike and were soon level but Kevin McKernan hit the final point of the half to edge Down 1-5 to 0-7 ahead.

The hosts moved in front on the restart but two late Paul Devlin points secured a first McKenna win for Down.

UUJ beat Cavan 1-8 to 0-10 on Saturday in the other Section A match.

O'Hare slammed the ball into the net after a neat one-two with Cathal Crilly to give the Mourne men the perfect start.

Monaghan made a positive response with Darren Hughes and Daniel McKenna among their scorers.

Dr McKenna Cup Section A
Monaghan 0-20 2-10 UUJSaturday 3 January
Down 1-9 2-11 CavanSunday 4 January
Cavan 0-10 1-8 UUJSaturday 10 January
Monaghan 0-11 1-12 DownSunday 11 January
Down v UUJ, Pairc EslerWednesday 14 January, 19:30 GMT
Cavan v Monaghan, Breffni ParkWednesday 14 January, 19:30 GMT

McKernan and O'Hare were on target before Paddy Kierans slotted over an equaliser for Monaghan.

McKernan's score ensured Down went in ahead at the break but Monaghan made a bright start to the second half with scores coming from Hughes and substitute Paul Finlay.

Down enjoyed a period of dominance which brought points from Conor Garvey and substitute Arthur McConville.

McKernan was stretched off, with his leg in a brace, after a collision with 10 minutes remaining and Down officials reported that the key forward will undergo a scan.

Kevin Anderson, who came on as Kernan's replacement, made an immediate impact with a point before Devlin's late double.

Down may have won but Monaghan keeper Enda Duffy was man of the match after a string of outstanding saves.