10 January 2014 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Derry 2-15
Monaghan 2-11

FOLLOWING on their recent O’Fiach Cup success Derry got their Dr. McKenna Cup campaign off to a winning start when they proved too strong for Monaghan in vital areas and at crucial times in this entertaining, high scoring affair that attracted a good attendance to the Clones venue on Sunday last.

Derry fielded a team that was a mixture of youth and experience and it was those experienced players, particularly their midfield pairing of Mark Lynch and the returned Fergal Doherty along with James Kielt on the ’40 that gave them a vital edge.

Monaghan on the other hand fielded a largely experimental side with five players making their senior debuts and while they all put in a great effort their lack of match practice at this stage of the year was evident at times.

Monaghan enjoyed their best spells in the game in the opening 20 minutes of the match and the opening nine or ten minutes of the second-half and they enjoyed a three points lead at the end of both of those periods but Derry always had the capacity to respond and it was their ability to do that effectively and pick off vital scores, particularly on counter-attacks, that was ultimately the difference between the sides.

That said though Monaghan’s wasteful approach particularly in the second-half when they hit a total of seven wides, did not help their …

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