Queen’s Fall Short in McKenna Cup Opener

January 6th, 2014 | Dr McKenna Cup, Queens GAA News


Dr.McKenna Cup Rd. 1
ARMAGH 1-17 QUEEN’S 0-15
In windy conditions in Armagh yesterday, it was Queen’s who opened the brighter going into an early 0-2 to 0-0 lead with early scores from Ryan Rafferty and Tony Donnelly. Aided by a strong wind, the Malone men continued to dominate the opening quarter but failed to capitalise with scores. Armagh soon drew level with ex Queen’s player Eugene McVerryshowing that he has lost none of his class. It was score for score resulting in both teams going in at half time at 0-08 apiece.

Armagh opened the 2nd half powerfully with the conditions at their back, adding 3 unanswered points before stealing a scrappy a goal after an initial save by Mickey Cunningham, to push the gap to 6 points. The students were chasing the game from this point and would ultimately find the gap too wide to bridge.

Queen’s fought back against a stiff breeze after strong work by Ryan Murray, Martin McElhinney and Conor Maginn but it was all too little too late as the 3rd quarter proved the difference.


Next up is Tyrone at Healy Park Omagh next Sunday.

Queen’s University:

Michael Cunningham (Down), Conal McNulty (Tyrone), Peter Quinn (Derry), Owen Costello (Down), Ryan Mallon (Down), Darren O’Hanlon (Louth), Ciaran McCartan (Down), Che Cullen (Fermanagh). Martin McElhinney (c) (Donegal), Tony Donnelly (Armagh), Conor Maginn (Down), Harry og Conlon (Tyrone), Ryan Rafferty (Armagh), Ryan Murray (Antrim), Dermot McAleese (Antrim).

Subs – Gerard Collins (Down) for Costello (15), Shay McArdle (Down) for McAleese (20),  Michael Monan (Down) for McCartan (ht), Ross McGarry (Down) for McNulty (ht), Ronan McGrady (Antrim) for McGarry (45), Jack Dowling (Antrim) for Mallon (65).



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