Friday 22 November 2019

Derry gain revenge over 13-man Down

Christy McKaigue, Derry, in action against Niall Madine
Christy McKaigue, Derry, in action against Niall Madine

Derry gained revenge for their Ulster quarter-final defeat against Down with a 0-13 to 1-5 victory at Celtic Park in a game where Down had two men sent-off.

Down were looking for a repeat of their win in Celtic Park in the Ulster quarter-final and Donal O'Hare scoring a brace of frees.

Derry took control after that and scored seven of the next eight points with Ryan Bell responsible for three of those points and Lee Kennedy also impressing with the wind at their back.

Kevin McKernan had a chance to reduce the deficit for Down with a goal but Eoin McNicholl was equal to his tame effort.

Down did't have to wait long for a goal as Donal O'Hare sliced through the Derry defence before finding the net on the stroke of half-time and another O'Hare free levelled matters at half-time on a 1-4 to 0-7 scoreline.

Eoin Bradley should have goaled for Derry but Brendan McVeigh pulled off a great save to deny him.

Ryan Bell floated over the resultant 45 to put the Oak Leaf county back in front.

Eoin Bradley made up for his goal miss to put Derry two points up and Emmet McGuckin made it three.

Down were facing an uphill battle to get back in the game and were not helped by Benny McArdle's straight red for an off-the-ball incident.

Ryan Bell kicked over another free before Down scored their one and only point of the second half with five minutes remaining through a Donal O'Hare free.

Bell and Emmet McGuckin finished the scoring and things went from bad to worse in injury time when Kevin McKernan received his marching orders.

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