Thursday 23 January 2020

McKenna Cup round-up: Bonner slams 'madness' of GAA fixtures

Donegal 1-12 Monaghan 0-14

Donegal's James Brennan and Kieran Duffy of Monaghan chase for a loose ball. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Donegal's James Brennan and Kieran Duffy of Monaghan chase for a loose ball. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Donegal's Daniel Clarke tries to get around Kieran Hughes of Monaghan. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Kieran Hughes and Jeaic McKelvey battle for possession. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Daire O'Baoillin breaks away for Donegal. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Donegal manager Declan Bonner has slammed the GAA's fixtures list, claiming that he could be without around a dozen players if his side advance to the McKenna Cup semi-finals.

"We're looking at 12 or 13 players who are playing Sigerson next Sunday and won't be available," Bonner said after a last-gasp Shaun Patton penalty save secured a win over Monaghan. "There's a possibility we might not even have a team to play. It's pure madness."

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A Peadar Mogan goal on 51 minutes propelled Donegal - who had Brendan McCole sent off and Michael Langan sin-binned - to a win.

They came from five down to carve out the victory with Patton denying Shane Carey at the death.

Scorers - Donegal: P Mogan 1-1; M Langan 0-4 (3f); J Brennan 0-3 (1f); E McHugh, C O'Donnell, D Ó Baoill, P Brennan 0-1. Monaghan: J McCarron 0-4 (2f); C McGuinness, D Malone, K Hughes (1m), S Carey (2f) 0-2 each; R Beggan (f), K O'Connell 0-1 each.

Donegal - S Patton; C Ward, B McCole, P Brennan; R McHugh, K O'Donnell, J Mac Ceallabhuí; C McGonagle, M Langan; D Ó Baoill, E McHugh, J Brennan; P Mogan, D Clarke, E McGettigan. Subs: A McClean for McGettigan (47), E O'Donnell for Clarke (48), C Mulligan and C Morrison for O'Donnell and Ward (61), A Deeney for Mogan (60+4).

Monaghan - R Beggan; C Walshe, K Duffy, P Keenan; R McAnespie, C O'Connell, S Carey; N Kearns, K Hughes; D Malone, J McCarron, R McAllister; B McGinn, K McEneney, C McGuinness. Subs: D Hughes and D Ward for McCarron and McGinn (h-t), B McBennett for D Hughes (42), J Irwin for McEneney (51), R Wylie for McAllister (56).

Ref - N Mooney (Cavan).

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McBride strike ends Erne men

Antrim 2-8 Fermanagh 0-13

Antrim's footballers performed a smash-and-grab at the end of yesterday's Dr McKenna Cup Section B clash against Fermanagh at Ahoghill when Paddy McBride fired to the net from an injury-time free to give his side a one-point victory.

Fermanagh had led from the fifth minute and held a 0-13 to 1-8 advantage as the clock ticked into the final minute of injury time.

Referee Kevin Faloon awarded a free in to Antrim, much to the exasperation of the Erne men, and McBride fired an unstoppable effort to the top corner of the net.

McBride's controversial winner ensures that Antrim travel to Newry on Wednesday to face Down with a place in the January 12 semi-final up for grabs.

Scorers - Antrim: P McBride 2-3 (1-3f); P Healy, C Duffin, E Walsh, R McCann, C Murray 0-1 each. Fermanagh: M McCauley 0-4 (2f); D McGurn 0-3 (1f); A Breen, C Corrigan 0-2 each; S McGullion, E McManus 0-1 each.

Antrim - A Hasson; B Rice, P Gallagher, C Garland; D Lynch, J McAuley, P Healy; C Duffin, M Jordan; E Walsh, P McBride, F Burke; R McCann, C Small, O Eastwood. Subs: N Delargy for C Garland (h-t), R Johnston for B Rice (h-t), E Nagle for O Eastwood (45), R Scott for F Burke (49), C Murray for C Small (62).

Fermanagh - T Treacy; J Cassidy, L Jones, K McDonnell; R Breen, R O'Callaghan, E Sheils; E Donnelly, S McGuillion; L McStravick, A Breen, C Corrigan; M McCauley, D McGurn, T Bogue. Subs: B Daly for E Shiels (33), D Teague for L McStravick (42), J McMahon for T Bogue (52), E McManus for M McCauley (57), D McCusker for R Breen (70)

Ref - K Faloon (Armagh).

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