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Down beat Queen's to give Paddy Tally his first win as manager

Paul Devlin on the attack for Down against Queen’s. The Kilcoo forward started his first match of the year and scored 0-5 Picture by Louis McNally
From Sean Mahoney at Pairc Esler

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup Section A: Down 4-18 Queen’s University, Belfast 1-5

PADDY Tally recorded his first win as Down manager after his side overran Queen’s University in Páirc Esler on Wednesday night.

Traffic gridlock in Newry, along with the £9 admission, seemed to have put many of even the die-hard fans off this dead-rubber as it was poorly attended but they missed an impressive show from the Down men.

Kilcoo’s Paul Devlin made his first start since leaving the panel last season and Niall Donnelly made his return at full-back but the Down boss stuck with his principals of giving the his new-look squad plenty of game-time.

Down led 1-3 to 0-1 with 10 minutes gone as the lively Pat Havern bagged 1-1 to go along with Devlin’s two converted frees, while Kieran Hughes (free) replied for the students.

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Shane Mulholland’s Queen’s were back-boned by several Down players such as Carryduff’s Daniel Guinness, Seamus Rafferty of Shamrocks, James Rice from Rostrevor, Ruairi Campbell of Ballyholland and Burren’s talented Ryan Treanor, but it was Armagh U20 captain Callum O’Neill, from Belleek, who punched in a goal on 18 minutes to level the score. Treanor and Hughes chipped in with the other points.

But that was the visitors’ last score of the half as Down hit 1-5 without reply before the break. The Mournemen were without Havern for the last 10 minutes of the half after he was sin-binned, but not before the speedy forward tagged on another point.

Declan McClements scored Down’s second goal after selling his marker a cheeky dummy before slotting into the net.

Points followed from Mayobridge’s Kevin McClorey, Conor Francis and a brace from goalkeeper Rory Burns, which included a 45 and brilliant 50-metre free to give Down a 2-8 to 1-3 lead at the break.

Havern made an impact on his return with a fine point and then the Saval forward squeezed his shot to the top corner of the net, from an almost impossible tight angle for a third Down goal.

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Tally’s men continued to press with points from Owen McCabe, Corey Quinn, Jerome Johnston and Paul Devlin before Mayobridge’s young hot prospect Shane Annett put the game beyond any doubt with a stunning goal.

James Smith registered the students’ first score of the half eight minutes from time and their first point from play, while Treanor converted another free but it was Down who finished impressively with Connaire Harrison, Jerome Johnston, Corey Quinn and Aaron McClements looking sharp from the bench.

Down: R Burns (0-2, 0-1 45, 0-1 free); G Collins, N Donnelly, R McAleenan; K McClorey (0-1), R Wells, S Annett (1-0); C Francis (0-2), D McCarthy; D McClements, P Devlin (0-5, 0-4 frees), C McGrady (0-1); O McCabe (0-1), P Havern (2-3, 0-1 free), C Harney.

Subs: D McKibbin for Collins (13), C Quinn (0-2) for McCabe (45), J Johnston (0-1) for Havern (45), C Harrison for Harney (47), A McClements for McGrady (51).

Yellow cards: N Donnelly (11).

Black cards: Havern 26, Hearney 37

Queen’s: E Mulholland; M Loughran, O Lappin, C McCluskey; N Rafferty, J Rice, K Hughes (0-2 frees); D McKeever, E Deane; R Treanor (0-2 frees), P O’Connor, C O’Neill (1-0); R Campbell, J Smith (0-1), D Guinness.

Subs: B Gallen for McCluskey (h-t), R Cooney for McKeever (47), N Hannigan for Hughes (47), E Donaghy for Rafferty (52), P McConnell for Loughran (52)

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)

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