Wednesday 18 January
Dr McKenna Cup SF R3
Tyrone 0-13 1-07 Fermanagh, Healy Park, 7.40pm FT
Antrim 2-12 1-14 Queens, Casement Park FT
Armagh 0-13 0-12 Monaghan, Morgan Athletic Grounds FT
Down 1-05 0-08 St Mary’s, Pairc Esler FT
UUJ 3-05 0-16 Cavan, Kingspan Breffni Park FT
Donegal 0-09 1-08 Derry, Pairc Mac Cumhaill FT
Dr McKenna Semi-Finals
Down vs Derry
Tyrone v Fermanagh
Armagh Team; Sean Hughes, Brendan Donaghy, Charlie Vernon, Declan Mcenna, Paul Duffy, Ciaran McKeever, Finnian Moriarty, Malachy Mackin, James Lavery, David Lavery, Brian Mallon, Anto Duffy, Ryan Rafferty, Gareth Swift, Eugene McVerry.
The Third round of the Dr McKenna Cup takes place on Wednesday evening with a number of intriguing ties taking place.
In Section A a lot of eyes will be on Healy Park where Peter Canavan’s impressive Fermanagh side will look to continue their excellent start to the year. Canavan’s new look side impressed once again against Queens on Sunday, however they will face a stern test of their credentials when they take on a Tyrone side that makes six changes for the one that beat Antrim 1-12 to 0-10 on Sunday.
One of those changes is forced with Tyrone boss Mickey Harte bringing in Michael Murphy to replace the injured Aidan Cassidy in midfield. Jonathan Lafferty will hope to build on his strong debut against Antrim as he makes his second start. A win tonight for either side would see them win the group and claim a semi final spot against the best runner up.
The second game of the group at Casement Park will see Antrim and Queens go head to head looking to shake off the shackles of Sunday’s loss. Antrim went down by 5 points to Tyrone while Queens suffered a heavy 9 point loss to Fermanagh. Neither club has yet to win so far this season and with little to play for but pride, both sides will be looking to end the campaign on a high.
In Section B, Armagh will looking for the second successive win when they take on Monaghan at the Athletic Ground. Last time out they beat St Mary’s 1-18 to 0-10 avenging last year’s shock defeat and get their first win of the year. They will fancy a similar results against a Monaghan side that crumbled against Down. Armagh have made a number of changes to their side for the game although Sunday’s goal scorer Ryan Rafferty and John Kingham, who also impressed, keep their places.
Monaghan meanwhile will already view the 2012 Dr McKenna as a success after their round one win over St Marys meant they already have one more win then they achieved 12 months earlier. Down have surged to the top of Section B were impressive in their thrashing of Monaghan on Sunday, their 4-12 to 0-11 point win laying down a marker to the rest of Ulster, not just in the Dr McKenna cup but also ahead of the Championship.
Four first half goals meant that the tie was over by the 35 minute mark and they will look for a similar start against St Marys tonight.
The Students were 11 points down after their opening 35 minutes against Armagh however the introduction of Thomas Canavan who scored 3 second half points helped add an air of respectability to the scoreline. A third win in a row for Down would see them win the group and meet the winner of Section C for a place in the final.
At the moment, Section C is very open with Derry top having won two games so far narrowly beating Cavan and UUJ. They will face a Donegal side followed up their surprise loss to UUJ with another equally surprising defeat to Cavan on Sunday, going down by three points in a 1-14 to 2-08. Despite being out of contention Donegal could have a big say in matters with a strong performance over a Derry side boosted by the return of Paddy Bradley following a nine month lay off.
The forward impressed in a 26 minute cameo creating three goals and scoring one and he could feature again tonight against Donegal although it is once again likely to be from the bench.
With one win each, Cavan and UUJ are still vying for the best runner up spot not to mention hoping to benefit from any Derry slip up. Cavan were impressive in their three point win over Ulster Champions Donegal on Sunday and they will look to keep that momentum going against UUJ at Breffni Park.
UUJ and Antrim have been dealt a massive below with the news that CJ McGourty faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines following a facture to his fibular bone in the loss to Derry