GAA round-up: Monaghan embarrassed on own patch
Ulster champions Monaghan have suffered a shock defeat in the opening round of the Dr McKenna Cup tournament.
Malachy O’Rourke’s men were trounced by the University of Jordanstown who chalked up an impressive ten-point victory.
Despite finishing their game with 12 players, Cavan comfortably beat Armagh in Crossmaglen.
Two goals from the visitors proved the decisive scores between two counties who will clash in the Ulster championship next summer.
Derry notched up the biggest score of the day (4-16) but also conceded 2-12 as they beat Antrim while Tyrone got the defence of their title off to a winning start by hammering Queen’s University. Lee Brennan chipped in with 0-6 for the winners.
The most competitive match in the McKenna Cup was in Ballybofey where an early Frank McGlynn goal ultimately proved decisive as home side Donegal saw off the challenge of Down.
The Fermanagh v St Mary’s game fell victim to the weather.
Meanwhile, in the Connacht FBD League Mayo made a winning start under new boss Stephen Rochford against NUIG in Castlebar.
Before an attendance of 2,390 the students pressed the Connacht champions all the way and a penalty goal from Adam Gallagher levelled the game with less than ten minutes remaining. But Mayo prevailed in the end.
There were no surprises in the other three games in Connacht with wins for Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim who welcomed back Emlyn Mulligan, who took a break from inter county action in 2015.
In the McGrath Cup Cork and Clare both eked out one-point wins over Limerick and Tipperary respectively.
Clare hurlers have also made a winning start to 2016. Shane O’Donnell, their hat-trick hero from the 2013 All-Ireland final replay, punished Cork again.
His second-half goal proved the difference between the sides in Sixmilebridge.
Clare’s newly appointed coach Donal Óg Cusack found himself plotting the downfall of his native county who were making their competitive debut under new boss Kieran Kingston.
It was first blood to Clare but the season is still in its infancy. Limerick beat Kerry in the other Munster tie while in the Walsh Cup ties in Leinster there were wins for Offaly, Carlow and Westmeath.
Ulster McKenna Cup Round 1
Derry 4-16 Antrim 2-12
Tyrone 3-17 Queens 0-11
Donegal 1-11 Down 0-11
Cavan 2-8; Armagh 0-8
UUJ 2-16; Monaghan 1-9
FBD Connacht SFL Round 1
Roscommon 1-20; IT Sligo 0-10
Mayo 1-12; NUIG 1-10
Galway 2-09; Sligo 0-12
Leitrim 3-16; GMIT 1-6
McGrath Cup Round 1
Clare 1-10; Tipperary 1-9
Cork 1-10; Limerick 0-12
Bord na Mona Walsh Cup Round 1
Offaly 4-28; DIT 0-10
Meath 1-13; Carlow 0-19
Westmeath 2-20; DCU 2-17
Munster SHL Round 1
Limerick 2-23; Kerry 0-18
Clare 1-14; Cork 0-14