Sunday 4 December 2016

Kearns an instant hit

Derry 0-17 Queen's 2-8

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

Derry manager Damian Barton made as many as twelve changes to the team that started in the defeat to Tyrone. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Derry manager Damian Barton made as many as twelve changes to the team that started in the defeat to Tyrone. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

Derry qualified to meet Cavan in the McKenna Cup semi-final after seeing off Queen's at Celtic Park last night.

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Damian Barton made 12 changes and gave competitive debuts to Peter Quinn, Shane Mulgrew, Gavin McWilliams and Ciaron O'Boyle. Defeats at the hands of Tyrone and Antrim left the students nothing to play for but Queen's led 1-2 to 0-4 when Gerard McGovern scrambled home a 17th-minute goal.

The home team dominated the remainder of the half with Enda Lynn prominent as Derry ran in 0-10 to 1-5 ahead at the break with debutant Conor Kearns on song. Derry burst out of the blocks on the restart and led by four after Kearns' fourth point from play. Queen's rallied again but Derry eased to victory.

Scorers - Derry: C Kearns 0-5, R Bell 0-3, M Lynch 0-2 (1f), C McKaigue, N Forester, S Mulgrew, S McGahon, J Kielt , N Loughlin, S Heavron 0-1 each. Queen's: D McAleese, G McGovern 1-1 each; M Clarke 0-2f, C Harney 0-2 (1f), B Rogers, S Heffron 0-1 each.

Derry - C O'Boyle, K McKaigue, D McBride, P Quinn, E Lynn, C McKaigue, N Forester, C McAtamney, S McGahon, C Kearns, J Kielt, S Mulgrew, S Heavron, M Lynch, G McWilliams. Subs: M O'Kane for C O'Boyle (h-t), J Kielt for S McGahon (40), C Bradley for S Mulgrew (41), N Loughlin for G McWillams (45), M Craig for N Forester (52)

Queen's - J Deeney, G McCabe, C Cullen, C Harney, N Delargy, B Rogers, S Heffron, C Harney, A Doherty, A Morgan, M Clarke, D McAleese, M Monan, D McKeever, G McGovern. Subs: R Corrigan for M Monan (40), M Hearty for C Harney (44), A Fagan for A Moran (63).

Ref - S McKinley (Armagh)

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