Friday 23 February 2018

Tyrone to host Derry in last-four collision

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

THE semi-final pairings for the McKenna Cup were confirmed after last night's final round of games, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.

Tyrone roared into the knockout stages with a 24-point hammering of Armagh in Section A and they'll face Derry for a place in the decider after the Oak Leaf men secured top spot in Section B with a six-point win over St Mary's.

The teams will meet on Sunday in Omagh, with a 2.00 throw-in, after they tossed a coin to decide who would have home advantage.

Cavan were already assured of their place in the last four as winners of Section C by virtue of UUJ's decision to not fulfil last night's fixture due to the unavailability of players. They will now take on Monaghan, who secured their place as best runners-up across the three sections by seeing off Fermanagh last night. This match is likely to be played at Brewster Park with a 2.0 throw-in.

Queen's Ryan Rafferty hit a superb hat-trick to deprive Donegal of a place in the semi-finals. Donegal beat the students by 12 points, but it wasn't enough for them to edge out Monagahan, who hammered Pete McGrath's Fermanagh to gain the last spot.

Irish Independent

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