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Debutant Mooney stars on Derry debut

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Debutant Mooney stars on Derry debut thumbnailDerry captain Ciaran McFaul in action against Ulster University in Round One of the Dr McKenna Cup.

Derry...........2-14 Ulster University..........3-10

DAMIAN McErlain's reign as Derry senior football manager got off to a winning start as the Oak Leafers kicked off 2018 with a one point victory over an experienced Ulster University side in Section B of the McKenna Cup. It was a spectacular county debut for Coleraine's Ruairi Mooney who scored a point from his defensive position and won the Bank of Ireland Player of the Match award.
The students had Rory Brennan sent off in the second half for striking out at Enda Lynn but never looked out of a very open game which bore all the hallmarks of a season opener.
Derry started with eight of the first 15 having played under McErlain at minor level with a further three who played under the new manager named on the bench. In total, there were four debutantes lining out at the first whistle with Conor McCluskey, Ruairi Mooney, Padraig McCrogan and Jordan Curran making their senior bow.
On the opposite side, the Ulster University named Derry trio Gareth McKinless, Terence O'Brien and Danny Tallon in a starting line-up with plenty of inter-county experience with Barry Grant and Oisin Duffin among the substitutes.

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