No one would expect too much from a McKenna Cup opener against a college side and it was a pretty flat display from Down against limited opposition. Magee took a couple of decent long range points, which got him the man of the match award, and he certainly has the size and strength required, but it remains to be seen if he has the pace for this level. Davidson was probably the best player on the pitch, looking sharp and fast throughout, although he will need to be tested against better defences. The rest of our forward line was ordinary, and Murphy only lasted just over ten minutes before he got another black card.
Flynn and Carr worked hard at midfield without really dominating, while our defence was reasonable, apart from Mooney, who made no impact. Cunningham's kick outs were mixed but he made a brilliant save late on to prevent Queen's going in front.
For Queen's, Clarke produced the odd nice touch but sadly it appears unlikely that his fitness will allow a return to county football. McKeever has plenty of potential, and tucked away a fine goal, while Francis was probably the pick of the rest of the Down students.
We can hopefully expect an improvement against Derry next week, when a win would actually take us close to a semi final place for the first time in several years.