Poor start proves costly

Thursday, 19 January 2017

DOWN...........................................0-15 DERRY.....................................0-14

A poor start for Derry in which they conceded six points in the opening 11 minutes against Down at Pairc Esler Newry could well have ended Derry's hopes of further progression in the Dr McKenna Cup.
Three points each from Darren O'Hagan and new boy Alan Davidson left Derry playing catch up.
They did manage to go ahead briefly in the second half but when they did get into the game, their accuracy was missing. While there were a number of new players in an experimental line up, it was notable that all the subs they used were more or less regulars from last year's team. One notable player who came off the bench was Swatragh's Conor McAtamney.
He was wrongly named as one of the players who had quit the panel but in fact he was studying at Loughborough University in England and quite naturally, could not be at Owenbeg three or four times a week for training.
Derry's slim chance of going through to the semi-finals would be a best runner up and as a result, they would need a mammoth win over Queen's University on Wednesday.
In a hard hitting and exciting game, it was the free takers on both sides that contributed to most of the scoring.


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