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Afternoon all and welcome to today’s live coverage of the All-Ireland football semi-final between Tyrone and Monaghan.

Mickey Harte’s side are bidding to reach their first final in a decade, while Monaghan haven’t appeared in one since 1930. The Farney have beaten Tyrone once already this summer and in Rory Beggan, Karl O’Connell and Conor McManus they’ve got three nailed on All-Stars.

But Tyrone are the more experienced side with phenomenal physical conditioning and a very strong bench. Their strong players are all located around the middle third – Tiernan McCann, Frank Burns, Peter Harte, Colm Cavanagh, Mattie Donnelly and Niall Sludden.

Here’s how the sides are named to start. It throws-in at 3.30pm.

Tyrone

1. Niall Morgan (Clonoe)

2. Michael McKernan (Coalisland)
3. Ronan McNamee (Aghyaran)
4. Rory Brennan (Trillick)

5. Tiernan McCann (Killyclogher)
6. Frank Burns (Pomeroy)
7. Peter Harte (Errigal Ciaran)

8. Colm Cavanagh (Moy)
9. Padraig Hampsey (Coalisland)

10. Mattie Donnelly (Trillick)
11. Niall Sludden (Dromore)
12. Cathal McShane (Eoghan Ruadh)

13. Mark Bradley (Killyclogher)
14. Richard Donnelly (Trillick)
15. Connor McAliskey (Clonoe)

Monaghan

1. Rory Beggan (Scotstown)

2. Kieran Duffy (Latton)
3. Drew Wylie (Ballybay)
4. Ryan Wylie (Ballybay)

5. Colin Walshe (Doohamlet)
6. Vinny Corey (Clontibret)
7. Karl O’Connell (Tyholland)

8. Niall Kearns (Sean McDermott’s)
9. Darren Hughes (Scotstown)

10. Ryan McAnespie (Emyvale)
11. Shane Carey (Scotstown)
12. Dessie Mone (Clontibret)

13. Dermot Malone (Castleblaney)
14. Fintan Kelly (Clones)
15. Conor McManus (Clontibret)

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It’s prediction time. Who do you fancy to win and by how much? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Cathal McShane and Colm Cavanagh arrive Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Team news 

Tyrone have made two late changes. Kieran McGeary and Lee Brennan come in for Rory Brennan and Mark Bradley. Very brave call by Mickey Harte.

We’re underway!

1Mins

Tyrone 0-1 Monaghan 0-0

Colm Cavanagh gives Tyrone an early lead.

2Mins

Tyrone 0-2 Monaghan 0-1

Wonderful effort from the outside of the right boot by Niall Sludden. Conor McManus sends over a beauty immediately in response. He’s being tracked by Padraig Hampsey, who’ll have his hands full today.

3Mins

Tyrone 0-3 Monaghan 0-1

Fine ball inside by Connor McAliskey and Richard Donnelly sends it over off the left.

4Mins

Tyrone 0-4 Monaghan 0-1

Monaghan are all over the shop defensively. Tyrone open the Farney with a swift counter-attack and Frank Burns slots over from close-range. There was a big goal chance there but Burns drilled over. Malachy O’Rourke’s side need to get into this game.

10Mins

Tyrone 0-4 Monaghan 0-2

Conor McCarthy plays a free short and slots over the return pass.

10Mins

Tyrone 0-5 Monaghan 0-2

Cathal McShane dummies to the right and pings one over off his left.

14Mins

Tyrone 0-5 Monaghan 0-3

Conor McManus got his body in front of Hampsey and was fouled. The Clontibret sharpshooter slots over the free.

16Mins

Tyrone 0-5 Monaghan 0-3

Monaghan almost work a goal after a stunning Beggan kick-out into the path of Ryan McAnespie which he fed into McManus. Eventually, Tyrone intercept and McCann is fouled.

18Mins

YELLOW! Ryan McAnespie is booked for a late hit on Colm Cavanagh.

20Mins

Tyrone 0-5 Monaghan 0-4

Karl O’Connell tries to break the line and is fouled by McCann. McManus slots over the free.

YELLOW! McCann is booked for that foul.

20Mins

Tyrone haven’t scored in 10 minutes.

21Mins

Tyrone 0-6 Monaghan 0-4

Sludden pops over a beauty from 50 yards to move the Tyrone scoreboard.

22Mins

Tyrone have three wides to Monaghan’s one. Lee Brennan with the latest for Harte’s men.

25Mins

CHANCE! A Colin Walshe shot at the posts drops to Vinny Corey who was double-blocked by Tyrone.

25Mins

Tyrone 0-6 Monaghan 0-5

Fintan Kelly drills a superb point from outside the boot. There have been some fine scores taken so far in this game.

26Mins

Tyrone 0-7 Monaghan 0-5

Massive free slotted over by McAliskey after a foul on Peter Harte.

27Mins

The sides trade wides.

28Mins

Tyrone 0-7 Monaghan 0-6

O’Connell is fouled again and McManus applies the finish.

31Mins

Tyrone 0-8 Monaghan 0-6

Monaghan had the ball for a long spell when McManus was overturned. Tyrone broke away and McCann raced up field and slotted over.

34Mins

Tyrone 0-8 Monaghan 0-8

A good Monaghan move concludes with a well-taken score from McCarthy. Moments later Tyrone are punished for a Niall Morgan kick-out that went too short. Monaghan win the throw-up and McCarthy levels the game up.

35Mins

YELLOW! Dermot Malone is booked for a high challenge on Kieran McGeary.

36Mins

HT – Tyrone 0-8 Monaghan 0-8

40Mins

46Mins

The attendance in Croke Park is 49,696.

47Mins

47Mins

Here are the highlights from the first period:

35Mins

Both sides are unchanged at the interval.

36Mins

Scratch that, there has been a change on the Tyrone team. Harry Loughran is on for Frank Burns. Monaghan are unchanged.

36Mins

Rory Beggan sends an opportunity to send Monaghan in front wide from a free.

38Mins

Eight wides and six shots short now from Tyrone after Richie Donnelly’s latest missed shot.

39Mins

Tyrone 0-9 Monaghan 0-8

McAliskey is left unmarked on the right wing and he curls over a lovely point to leave Tyrone in front.

42Mins

Tyrone 0-10 Monaghan 0-8

Mattie Donnelly wins a free off Vinny Corey and McAliskey swings over his fourth of the game. Monaghan have yet to score in this half.

45Mins

Tyrone 0-10 Monaghan 0-9.

Rory Beggan’s long-range free leaves Monaghan one behind Tyrone after 44 minutes.

45Mins

Dessie Malone replaces Dermot Malone on the Farney team.

46Mins

Tyrone 0-11 Monaghan 0-9

Lee Brennan curls over a fine free from the right hand side.

47Mins

YELLOW! McNamee is booked on the Tyrone team.

47Mins

Tyrone 0-11 Monaghan 0-9

McManus kicks Monaghan’s seventh wide, this one from a free after McCarthy was fouled by McNamee.

48Mins

Mark Bradley is on for Lee Brennan.

50Mins

Tyrone 0-11 Monaghan 0-9

Donnelly is fouled by Walshe, who is booked. McAliskey’s difficult free from 45m doesn’t have the accuracy.

51Mins

McNamee is replaced by Rory Brennan for the Red Hand. On the Monaghan side, Kieran Hughes comes in for Shane Carey.

54Mins

Tyrone 0-11 Monaghan 0-10

Monaghan work hard to win a free and McManus puts it over from about 35m. The gap is one.

57Mins

Some brilliant defending by Mattie Donnelly denies Corry a run at goal. At the far end Bradley hits a shot narrowly wide. Conall McCann has replaced Richard Donnelly for Tyrone.

59Mins

Tyrone 0-11 Monaghan 0-11

Kieran Hughes bombs inside Brennan and kicks an acrobatic effort over the bar. The sides are level for a second time.

61Mins

Tyrone 0-11 Monaghan 0-12

Kieran Hughes has made a big impact and he wins a free in front of the posts for McManus to kick over. Monaghan lead for the first time in the game.

62Mins

Ronan O’Neill is in for Tyrone, replacing McAliskey.

65Mins

Tyrone 1-11 Monaghan 0-13

Harte and McCann were heavily involved in that move for Sludden’s goal. McManus slots over a free to reduce the gap to one.

66Mins

Tyrone 1-12 Monaghan 0-13

Peter Harte was quiet today but has been involved in the two huge moves for Tyrone in the last couple of minutes that drew 1-1. Colm Cavanagh is fouled and Harte pops over the free.

68Mins

Tyrone 1-13 Monaghan 0-13

Harte slots over his second score in as many minutes.

68Mins

Hughes hits a wide for Monaghan.

68Mins

Monaghan have brought in Jack McCarron as McCarthy sends a poor effort wide.

70Mins

Tyrone 1-13 Monaghan 0-14

Hughes reduces the gap to two. We’re into the first of three minutes of added time.

72Mins

Tyrone 1-13 Monaghan 0-15

Drew Wylie finishes off a good Monaghan move after Harte wasted a good chance to put Tyrone three ahead. One minute left.

Flag 73Mins

FT – Tyrone 1-13 Monaghan 0-15

Tyrone are back in the All-Ireland final for the first time in 10 years!

73Mins

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