Queen’s Lose to Erne Men in McKenna Cup Opener

January 5th, 2015 | Dr McKenna Cup, Featured Homepage News, Gaelic Football, Queens GAA News

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Fermanagh 1-13; Queens University 0-09

Queen’s University slipped to a seven point defeat in the first game of their Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup with a 1-13 to 0-09 scoreline at Brewster Park.

Sean Quigley’s goal on the stroke of half time gave Fermanagh a five point advantage that they never looked like surrendering in the second half as they ran out comfortable winners at the finish.

However, the Malone Road men responded brightly early in the second half with the students opening the scoring in the fifth minute through Tony Donnelly.

It took Fermanagh nine minutes to get off the mark with Barry Mulrone clipping over their first score before Sean Quigley opened his account for the day from a free.

Pete McGrath’s side were to be denied twice by the woodwork in the opening half with Ryan Lyons thumping the crossbar while Aidan Breen hit the post.

Queens continued to battle hard and Conor Hamill levelled proceedings but with Quigley registering the next three points it put Fermanagh three ahead with ten minutes of the first half remaining.

Two points from Ryan Murray brought James McCartan’s students back to within a point but as the half drew to a close Paul McCusker fired over for Fermanagh before Quigley palmed an Eoin McManus crossfield ball to the net to leave five between the sides at the break, 1-6 to 0-04.

Sean Warnock landed the first point of the second half for Queens but Fermanagh pushed further clear as they accounted for four of the next five points; Quigley, Ryan Jones, Aidan Breen and Ruairi Corrigan on target for the Ernemen while Murray converted a free for Queens.

Donnelly and Flaherty swapped points as the second half became disjointed with both sides emptying the bench.

And the teams traded points in the latter stages as Paul McCusker and Barry Mulrone knocked over for Fermanagh while Ronan McGrady and Ciaran O’Hanlon fired over for the students before the final whistle.

Queen’s: M Cunningham, B Burms, G McGovern, N Delargy, M Donaghy, R Wells, C Hamill (0-01), S Warnock (0-01), C Cullen, M Monan, C O’Hanlon (0-01), C Daly, T Donnelly (0-02), D Hughes, R Murray (0-03, 2f).
Subs: G McCabe, R McGrady (0-01), J Dowling, M McCann, M Jordan.

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