Donegal end Derry McKenna Cup hopes

Donegal end Derry McKenna Cup hopes

Danny Tallon in action for Derry against Donegal.

By Damian Mullan


By Damian Mullan


DONEGAL ended Derry's slim hopes of making the Dr McKenna Cup semi-finals after a comfortable victory at Celtic Park on Wednesday night.

In a closely-fought first half, Declan Bonner's men held a 0-4 to 0-2 advantage through two scores by Peadar Mogan and points from Ryan Bell and Caolan Ward.

The scoring increased after the interval, with the visitors moving into a five-point lead before Ward fired home to put them further in control.

The scrappy nature of the game returned after Ward's effort, with Donegal winning by a comfortable 1-10 to 0-08 scoreline in the north-west derby.

McKenna Cup holders Tyrone progressed to the semi-finals by beating Armagh while Donegal, Down and Monaghan also progressed to the last four.

Ronan O'Neill netted twice as Tyrone overcame the Orchard team 3-18 to 3-15 to top Section C.

The Red Hands will meet Down in the semi-finals after they defeated Antrim 2-17 to 0-15 to win Section B.

Donegal won Section A with a 1-10 to 0-8 victory over Derry and were due to play best runners-up, Monaghan.

However, the county announced that they had withdrawn from the competition because of player unavailability with Sunday's semi-final clashing with the Sigerson Cup.

The decision was confirmed on Thursday night with 13 of the squad in Sigerson action this weekend and a number ruled out through illness and injuries.

The Ulster GAA turned down requests for a new date from both Donegal and Down.

Donegal said it was 'a decision not taken lightly and one which we regret having to reach.'

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