The semi-finals of the Dr McKenna Cup will be played as a double header at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh this Sunday the 22nd January. After last night’s final group matches, the semi final line up sees Derry and Down starting at 2.00pm and Tyrone and Fermanagh will go head-to-head at 3.45pm in what will be a repeat of their final group match from group B. Donegal slumped to their third straight defeat of the competition, losing by 1-8 to 0-9 to Derry at Ballybofey. Dermot Molloy was Donegal’s top score with 6 points. Derry’s goal was scored in the third minute of the game, a penalty from Conleith Gilligan. The defending cup holders progressed to the last four as group winners.
Derry Manager John Brennan was happy to get the win in Ballybofey.
Fermanagh manager Peter Canavan will have another chance to get one over on his former boss Mickey Harte after his side fell to Tyrone by 0-13 to 1-7 at Healy Park, Omagh. The Erne men trailed by 0-10 to 0-1 at the break, but Canavan’s charges were inspired by a Seamus Quigley goal and had the gap down to just two points at one stage late in the game. However, with the sending off of Fermanagh captain Ryan McCloskey it was Harte who emerged victorious from his first joust with his former star player.
Fermanagh Manager Peter Canavan was pleased with their second half effort.
Tyrone Manager Mickey Harte is pleased to get another game in the competition.
Down also progressed despite being held to a 1-5 to 0-8 draw by St Mary’s at Newry.