Donegal students in action

Donegal were getting their defence of the Dr McKenna Cup underway with a workmanlike showing at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday night, but there were also a number of the county's footballers in action for their respective colleges.

John Joe Doherty's side defeated Cavan 0-11 to 0-9, but the Donegal manager will also be keeping an eye on developments in the provincial seasonal openers in both Connacht and Leinster.

Sligo Institute of Technology posted a fine win in the Connacht FBD Insurance League against Roscommon, winning by 1-7 to 1-6.

St Eunan's Ciaran Greene, who started at right-wing-back, galloped forward for a point for the students, while Shane Boyle from Killybegs played at left-corner-back and his club colleague Christopher Murrin came on as a substitute with five minutes left.

At Garrymore, a NUI Galway side that included Naomh Cholmcille's Liam Grant in goal and Peter McGee of Gaoth Dobhair at centre-field went down by two points, 0-11 to 0-9 against Connacht champions Mayo.

Grant, a former Letterkenny Rovers number one, received a soccer scholarship at the university last November.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology were well represented by the north-western contingent in their drawn game with Leitrim at Cloone, where they scored 0-14 to their hosts' 1-11.

Stephen Griffin from St Naul's scored four points, two of which were frees, while Josh Lacey and David Crawford of Four Masters wore the number two and three jerseys and Naomh Conaill's Anthony Thompson was centre-back.

Meanwhile, at St Loman's Lakepoint Park in Mullingar in Leinster's O'Byrne Cup, Termon goalkeeper Michael Boyle and his Dublin City University side got off to an excellent start, defeating Westmeath 0-18 to 0-8.

Newbridge played host to Kildare's opener against UCD, where Mark McGowan of St Eunan's, who lined up at right-corner-back for the Belfield outfit, scored a point in his side's narrow 0-16 to 1-11 defeat.

Michael McGinley of St Michael's and Gaoth Dobhair's Danny Curran were unused substitutes.

Aodh Ruadh's Johnny Gallagher was also out of luck as the right-corner-back featured for Dublin Institute of Technology in their 2-9 to 1-9 loss at the hands of Laois at Graiguecullen, after college side led by four points with only five minutes remaining.


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