Shields safeguards Derry from upset
Derry 2-20 Trinity College 2-11
Derry avoided falling victim to an upset in their first appearance in this competition, when they saw off the challenge of Trinity College at UCD.
The students put up a real fight in the first half and Conor Donegan's strike left them just two points behind at the break, 1-13 to 2-8.
However, three unanswered Paddy Henry scores allowed Derry to pull away from Trinity early in the second half, and Diarmuid Shields' goal made it a comfortable finish for the visitors.
Scorers – Derry: P Henry 0-7 (4f), P Cleary 0-6, R Convery 1-2, D Shields 1-0, N Ferris, B Quigley, S Farren, C McSorley, T McCloskey 0-1 each. Trinity College: C Coughlan 0-9 (9f), C Donegan 1-1, J Dunphy 1-0, C McDonnell 0-1.
Derry – D McDermott; D McCloskey, C McSorley, J McCloskey; R McCloskey, L Og Hinphey, M Kirkpatrick; O McCloskey, M Warnock; B Quigley, R Convery, P Henry; S Farren, N Ferris, P Cleary. Subs: C Quinn for J McCloskey, T McCloskey for S Farren (35), D Shields for N Ferris (51), D Donnelly for Convery (53), C McGurk for O McCloskey (58).
Trinity – C O'Dualaing; R Byrne, P Breen, E McCarney; M Doyle, P Coughlan, J Kennedy; P Hally, C Coughlan; J Dunphy, C McDonnell, C Prendergast; T Mitchell, C Gleeson, C Donegan. Subs: G White for C Prendergast (28), O Daly for Mitchell (56), G White for Doyle (60), J Morrissey for McCarney (65), C Hobbs for Dunphy (65).
REF – D Heffernan (Westmeath)