McKenna Cup: Opening wins for Monaghan and St Mary's

David McAllister marked his Monaghan debut by scoring in the first minute against Fermanagh
David McAllister marked his Monaghan debut by scoring in the first minute against Fermanagh

David McAllister scored a vital goal in the first minute of his senior inter-county debut as Monaghan beat Fermanagh by a point in the Dr McKenna Cup.

Emyvale prospect McAllister, a former Minor star, netted past keeper Chris Snow in the first minute of the opening Section B fixture at Clones.

Tomás Corrigan landed nine frees for Fermanagh who led in the second half but Monaghan shaded it by 1-13 to 0-15.

St Mary's edged Antrim 2-16 to 3-12 in the other Section B fixture.

Monaghan: R Beggan, O Coyle (0-1), F Kelly (0-1), R Wylie, K Duffy, C Walshe, B Greenan, D Hughes (0-2), K Hughes (0-2, 1f), K O'Connell, J Mealiff, G Doogan, D McAllister (1-0), T Kerr (0-4), M Bannigan (0-3, 1f).

Subs: N McAdam for C Walshe (52), S Carey for D McAllister (55), S Finnegan for J Mealiff (63), D Malone for G Doogan (69).

Fermanagh: C Snow, M Jones, L Cullen, T Daly, D McCusker (0-1), R McCluskey, A Breen, R Hyde, K Connor, C McManus, T Clarke, P McCusker (0-1), E Courtney (0-1), E Donnelly (0-1), T Corrigan 0-9 (0-9f).

Subs: T McCaffrey for T Daly (13), C Corrigan 0-1 for R McCluskey (HT), B Mulrone for T Clarke (HT), D Teague 0-1 (0-1 45) for E Courtney (55), J Duffy for A Breen (71).

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup: Section A
Down1-11 1-08Queen's University
Derry3-10 2-12Armagh
Section B
Antrim 3-12 2-16St Mary's
Monaghan1-13 0-15Fermanagh
Section C
Cavan1-13 0-12Tyrone
Donegal4-13 2-20Ulster University

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