Down and Armagh win Section B games in McKenna Cup

Kalum King
Kalum King scored two goals in Down's McKenna Cup win over Monaghan

Down are two points clear at the top of Section B in the McKenna Cup after Sunday's convincing 4-12 to 0-11 win over Monaghan in Clones.

Kalum King scored two goals in the first half while Dan Gordon and Benny Coulter also netted for the Mourne men.

Armagh got their first points of the competition thanks to a 1-18 to 0-10 over college side St Mary's.

Young corner-forward Ryan Rafferty scored the goal in the first half from Anton Duffy's fine pass.

The goal put Armagh into a 1-3 to 0-2 lead, the St Mary's points coming from two frees by keeper Niall Morgan.

Armagh bossed the rest of the half and eight straight points had them 1-11 to 0-3 in front at the interval.

The second half was even - seven points each - with Thomas Canavan, nephew of Fermanagh manager Peter, getting three of them for the students.

Derry's rising star Emmett Bradley was another top performer for St Mary's.

Down, who had beaten Armagh by eight points in their opening game, were never in danger against Monaghan.

Full-forward King's double and Gordon's goal helped James McCartan's men into a 3-6 to 0-3 half-time advantage.

Coulter got Down's fourth early in the second half before Monaghan scored eight points without reply.

Down took over for the last few minutes and ran out comfortable winners.

Paul Finlay finished with eight points for Monaghan.

McKenna Cup results

Saturday 14 January

Section C

Derry 1-16 0-14 UUJ (Celtic Park)

Sunday 15 January

Section A

Antrim 0-10 1-12 Tyrone (Casement Park)

Fermanagh 2-14 0-10 Queen's (Brewster Park)

Section B

Monaghan 0-11 4-12 Down (Clones)

Armagh 1-18 0-10 St Mary's College (Athletic Grounds)

Section C

Cavan 1-14 2-8 Donegal (Breffni Park)

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