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Dublin: 2 °C Tuesday 25 February, 2020

It's only 4 January, and Armagh and Tyrone are already digging each other

It finished 14 v 12 as Tyrone beat Armagh in the Athletic Grounds.

Tempers flare during the game Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

Armagh 1-10

Tyrone 1-12

SO MUCH FOR “the season of goodwill.”

Armagh and Tyrone both had a man sent off in a fiery start to their McKenna Cup clash played in front of a massive pre-season crowd of 8,463.

Throw-in was delayed by 30 minutes to allow fans make their way into the Athletic Grounds.

And there was early drama when Colm Cavanagh and Ciaran McKeever both saw red for their part in a brawl in the ninth minute.

Colm Cavannagh and Ciaran McKeever are both sent off Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

Colm Cavannagh and Ciaran McKeever are both sent off Source: Presseye/Russell Pritchard/INPHO

Armagh led by a point, 0-6 to 0-5, at half-time but were reduced to 13 men early in the second half when Finnian Moriarty was sent off for a second yellow card.

Otherwise, Shane Stapleton of the Irish Daily Star reports, the game wasn’t too dirty:

Tyrone hit the front in the 53rd minute when Aidan McCrory scored the opening goal to make it 1-7 to 0-9.

The game looked to have swung back in the hosts’ favour when Eugene McVerry scored to put Armagh 1-10 to 1-7 ahead with 12 minutes to play.

But Tyrone finished with five unanswered points and Armagh’s Aaron Findon saw red late on as Kieran McGeeney suffered his first defeat as Orchard boss.

Dr McKenna Cup results

Group A

  • Monaghan 0-20 Ulster University Jordanstown 2-10 (Sat)
  • Down 1-9 Cavan 2-11

Group B

  • Fermanagh 1-13 QUB 0-9
  • Derry 1-16 Donegal 0-8

Group C

  • Armagh 1-10 Tyrone 1-12
  • Antrim 1-7 St Mary’s 0-9

Just the 15 changes to the Fermanagh team named in the programme today

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