Tyrone and Cavan set for McKenna Cup Final

January 22nd, 2015

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Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Semi Final Results:

Tyrone 3-10 Armagh 1-8 at Athletic Grounds
Cavan 1-8 Fermanagh 1-7 at Kingspan Breffni Park

The 2015 Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Final between Tyrone and Cavan will take place on Saturday 24th January at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh. Throw in 7.30pm.

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Semi Final
Tyrone 3-10 Armagh 1-8

Tyrone hit three first half goals to set up an impressive McKenna Cup semi-final win over neighbours Armagh in front of 7,552 supporters at the Athletic Grounds.

Tyrone got the perfect start with PJ Lavery hitting the back of the net after just five minutes. The visitors were 2-3 to 0-1 ahead after 24 minutes when Shay McGuigan fired their second.

Stefan Campbell responded with a major for the Orchard County, but Mickey Harte’s charges finished the half strongly and were 3-4 to 1-4 ahead at half-time thanks to Seán Cavanagh’s goal three minutes before the break.

Tyrone increased their lead to nine with a pair of Connor McAliskey efforts at the start of the second half, while Kieran McGeeney’s side had to wait until 15 minutes into the second half before Miceal McKenna got their first score of the half.

However, in a much tighter second half, Tyrone held on to their lead superbly to book their place in the final, with man of the match McAliskey making sure of their passage with yet another fine score.

Scorers for Tyrone: S Cavanagh 1-3 (2f), PJ Lavery 1-1, S McGuigan 1-0, C McAliskey 0-3, C McCann 0-1, P Hughes 0-1, D McCurry 0-1 (1f).

Scorers for Armagh: S Campbell 1-1, M McKenna 0-2, T Kernan 0-1, J Clarke 0-1, C O’Hanlon 0-1, A Forker 0-1 (1f), S Connell 0-1.

TYRONE: M O’Neill; D Quinn, R McNamee, R McKenna; R Brennan, M Donnelly, P Harte; C Cavanagh, C McCann; PJ Lavery, R O’Neill, P Hughes; S McGuigan, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey. Subs: Joe McMahon for Hughes (52), R McNabb for Brennan (52), D McCurry for McAliskey (55), T McCann for Quinn (58), P McNulty for C Cavanagh (60), Justin McMahon for McKenna (64).

ARMAGH: P McEvoy; M Shields, B Donaghy, M Murray; J Clarke, F Moriarty, C McKeever; A Findon, S Campbell; S Forker, M McKenna, E McVerry; T Kernan, O MacIomhair, N McConville. Subs: S Connell for MacIomhair (28), C O’Hanlon for McConville (h-t), A Forker for S Forker (40), S Harold for Kernan (52), C Vernon for Murray (BC, 60).

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Semi Final
Cavan 1-8 Fermanagh 1-7

It was a much tighter affair in Kingspan Breffni Park, where Fermanagh and Cavan were locked at 0-4 apiece after 33 minutes before points from Declan McCusker and Seán Quigley put the Erne County two ahead at the break.

Niall McDermott, Conor Moynagh, Martin Reilly, Michael Lyng all hit the target in a fine spell after the break as Cavan moved two ahead, 0-8 to 0-6.

Marty O’Brien then goaled for Pete McGrath’s charges as they retook the lead. In a dramatic conclusion to the game, Philip Tinnelly grabbed a goal for Cavan with his first touch after coming on as a sub, which put them one ahead.

In the end, Seán Quigley missed two placed balls in added time to leave Fermanagh frustrated after an excellent performance.

Scorers for Cavan: P Tinnelly 1-0, M Reilly 0-2 (1f), N McDermott 0-2 (2f), M Lyng 0-1, D McVeety 0-1, T Hayes 0-1, C Moynagh 0-1.

Scorers for Fermanagh: SQuigley 0-4 (2f), M O’Brien 1-0, B Mulrone 0-1, D McCusker 0-1, R Jones 0-1.

CAVAN: C Gilsenan; K Brady, R Dunne, J McLoughlin; F Flanagan, C Moynagh, M Reilly; D O’Reilly, K Clarke; D McVeety, C Conroy, M McKeever; N McDermott, T Hayes, J Brady. Subs: M Lyng for McVeety (24), E Hessin for Conroy (37), J Hayes for Brady (55), M Dunne for Hayes (59), P Tinnelly for Moynagh (70).

FERMANAGH: C Snow; M Jones, J Allen, N Cassidy; D McCusker, R McCluskey, M O’Brien; E Donnelly, R O’Callaghan; B Mulrone, R Jones, P McCusker; R Corrigan, S Quigley, E McManus. Subs: D Kelly for O’Callaghan (31), T Corrigan for P McCusker (51), J McMahon for McManus (55), C Flaherty for R Corrigan (68).