CAVAN brought all-Ireland champion TYRONE back to earth with a bang as they beat the Red Hands 1-17 to 0-5 in the McKenna Cup.
Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher have appointed a temporary team for the clash at Kingspan Breffni as the majority of their first-choice stars return from the team’s vacation in Florida last week.
Mickey Graham’s men led 1-9 to 0-2 at halftime thanks to goals from Gearóid McKiernan and points from Cormac O’Reilly, Gerard Smith, Paddy Lynch, McKiernan and Oisín Brady.
After the game started again, the home team became clearer as Richie Donnelly was sent off for a second yellow card and Rory Brennan was found guilty.
In another McKenna Cup game last night, ANTRIM let Newry win 1-12 to 1-10 against DOWN.
Ryan O’Higgins scored an early goal for the home side but Patrick McBride had an own goal for the Saffrons early in the second half.
Meanwhile, Brian Hurley shot 1-6 in the second straight game as CORK advanced to the McGrath Cup final with a 1-18 to 1-9 win over WATERFORD.
The rebels overcame Déise at Páirc Uí Rinn with Hurley’s goal putting them on the road in just two minutes.
Keith Ricken’s hosts never looked back as Daniel Dineen graduated from the Under-20 team also impressing with a 0-4 scoreline after the game.
In total, eight Rebels were on the transcript.
Cork’s man, Ephie Fitzgerald, commanded the Déise team for the first time in a competitive match but they struggled for most of the evening in Leeside.
Darragh Corcoran had a consolation goal midway through the second half.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/gaa-football/8190928/cavan-tyrone-mckenna-cup-makeshift-side/ Cavan hammer Tyrone 1-17 to 0-5 in the McKenna Cup as the All-Ireland champion on the interim side