Donegal, Rossies and Red Hands record Rackard Cup opening day victories

April 10, 2022

Donegal, Roscommon and Tyrone get off the mark at the first attempt.

Donegal, Roscommon and Tyrone enjoyed opening day victories in the Nickey Rackard Cup.

At Maguiresbridge, pre-tournament favourites Donegal had to draw on all their experience to beat 14-man Fermanagh 1-21 to 2-13.

Caolan Duffy's point ensured Fermanagh of a narrow 0-10 to 0-9 lead at half-time but they were left facing an uphill battle after Danny Teague's sending off following a second yellow card offence midway through the second period.

Goals from Brian Teehan and Barney McAuley (penalty) helped the hosts to level terms by the 60th minute after Ronan McDermott raised the first green flag for the visitors but the sharpshooting exploits of Davin Flynn enabled Donegal to carve out a five-point victory.

Francis O'Halloran's Roscommon came away from the Athletic Grounds with an impressive 5-19 to 2-7 victory over Armagh.

The Rossies had the game wrapped up by half-time, leading 3-12 to 0-4, as the hosts finished with 13-men after Tiernan Nevin and Shaun Toal both saw red.

Benny Mulry, Mickey Joe Egan (2), Connell Kennelly and Eoin Kiernan all rattled the Armagh net.

In today's other clash at Pairc na hEireann, Tyrone delivered an eye-catching performance, hitting Warwickshire for seven goals in a 7-18 to 2-11 win.

The Red Hands were 5-6 to 0-8 to the good at the break in Birmingham.

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