McKenna Cup: Wins for Donegal and Fermanagh

Fermanagh's Ryan Jones is challenged by Derry opponent Kevin Johnston
Fermanagh's Ryan Jones is challenged by Derry opponent Kevin Johnston

Donegal enjoyed a comfortable McKenna Cup Section B win over Queen's while Fermanagh edged out Derry.

First-half goals from Martin O'Reilly and Eamon Ward put Donegal on their way to a 2-16 to 1-8 win over the students at a rain-lashed Ballybofey.

It was a closer affair at Brewster Park, with the Ernemen condemning Derry to a 1-9 to 1-7 defeat.

Sean Quigley netted five minutes from time to give Fermanagh maximum points from two matches.

The hosts led 0-3 to 0-1 after 10 minutes, Eamon McHugh and James McMahon with stylish, well-worked scores.

Both sides struggled to get any fluidity into their play but Derry drew level with two points inside a minute from midfielders Mark Craig and Mark Lynch.

A long-range effort from Erne captain Ryan Jones restored Fermanagh's lead but a Lynch free tied the scores again in the 26th minute.

Five minutes later, the Derry skipper's snapshot from 35 metres sailed over the bar to put the Oak Leafers ahead for the first time and they still held a slender 0-5 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Dr McKenna Cup Section B
Fermanagh 1-13 0-9 QUBSunday 4 January
Derry 1-16 0-8 DonegalSunday 4 January
Donegal 2-16 1-8 QUBSunday 11 January
Fermanagh 1-9 1-7 DerrySunday 11 January
Derry v QUB, OwenbegWednesday 14 January, 19:30 GMT
Donegal v Fermanagh, MacCumhaill ParkWednesday 14 January, 19:30 GMT

Derry got a major score after 45 minutes, Sean Leo McGoldrick finding Heron in space and he jinked inside his marker to blast the ball left-footed high into the roof of the net.

The Oak Leafers were the dominant force during that spell but hit a number of poor wides and didn't register a point in the second half until cornerback John O'Kane popped up with a fine score in the 58th minute.

Fermanagh turned the result around when Quigley squeezed home a near-post shot after 65 minutes.

Quigley gathered Barry Mulrone's shot and his low finish beat Thomas Mallon.

Donegal dominated from the start against the students and O'Reilly fired into the top corner in the opening minutes.

Ciaran O'Hanlon netted against the run of play but it was a rare highlight for the visitors and Ward slotted in a second Donegal goal just before the break.

Donegal led 2-7 to 1-3 at half-time and they continued to control the game, with the impressive Odhran MacNiallais slotting over six points.

Fermanagh: C Snow; N Cassidy, J Allen, B Mulrone; D McCusker (0-1), J Duffy, J McMahon (0-1); R Jones (0-1), R O'Callaghan; E McHugh (0-1), R Corrigan, P McCusker (0-1); C Flaherty, S Quigley (1-3, 3f), T Corrigan Subs: C Jones for Flaherty (HT), C Quigley for McHugh (46), A Breen (0-1) for Duffy (53), E McManus for T Corrigan (53), M O'Brien for D McCusker (56), D Kille for O'Callaghan (63)

Derry: T Mallon; O Duffy, N Holly, J O'Kane (0-1); K Johnston, L McGoldrick, B Og McAlary; M Lynch (0-3, 1f), M Craig (0-2); SL McGoldrick, S Brady, B Heron (1-1, f); N Loughlin, D McKinless, D Heavron Subs: T O'Brien for McKinless (BC, 29), C McAtamney for Lynch (55), N Toner for Loughlin (55), C Murphy for Brady (56), D Brown for McAlary (68), J Kearney for L McGoldrick (70)

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

Donegal: M Boyle; C Parke, Eamonn Doherty, P McGrath; C McGinley, Declan Walsh, F McGlynn; M McElhinney, C Toye; Corey Gallagher, O MacNiallais, E McHugh, D McLaughlin, H McFadden, M O'Reilly. Subs: MA McGinley, J Gibbons, S Hensey, E Ward, Eunan Doherty, C McCaughey, G McFadden, D Molloy, R Melley, M McDermott, W Gillespie.

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