A dominant second-half performance saw Derry cruise to victory over Queen's on an immaculate Celtic Park surface last night.
Queen's got the chance to get off to the ideal start when they were awarded a third-minute penalty, but James Kielt saw his effort saved by Danny Devlin. Sean Leo McGoldrick then looped in a Derry goal on 10 minutes and they led 1-4 to 0-4 at the break.
Queen's did get the first score of the second half through Niall McKenna, but that was the precursor to a Derry onslaught as Peter Graham fumbled a Paddy Bradley attempt into his own net to open the floodgates.
Scorers -- Derry: P Bradley 1-4 (0-1f), SL McGoldrick 1-2, D Mullan 0-3, C Gilligan 0-2, M Drumm, B McGoldrick, M Lynch, A McAlynn 0-1 each. Queen's: C Kielt 0-3 (0-2f), N McKenna 0-2
(0-1f), S Finch 0-1.
Derry -- D Devlin; C Mullan, K McCloy, D McBride; M Drumm, B McGoldrick, G O'Kane; PJ McCloskey, J Conway; D Mullan, SL McGoldrick, M Lynch; R Shivers, P Bradley, C Gilligan. Subs: D Brennan for McBride (40), B Gillis for Devlin (40), A McAlynn for G O'Kane (52), N Holly for McCloskey (55), M Friel for Conway (61).
Queen's -- P Graham; O Duffy, L O'Neill, O Costello; S Finch, J O'Kane, M Gallagher; R Jones, N McKenna; B Cox, J Kielt, C McGovern; T O'Hagan, P D Savage, C Kielt. Subs: J O'Brien for J Kielt (12), L Howard for Finch (h-t), N McGovern for Gallagher (h-t), C Rafferty for T O'Hagan (h-t), C Fleming for Cox (40).
Ref -- R O'Donnell (Donegal).