Fintan O’Toole reports from Croke Park
THEY LEFT CROKE Park disconsolate at this stage last summer but Tyrone ensured there was no repeat of that slip up today as they crushed the challenge of Armagh to book an All-Ireland semi-final place.
An explosive start propelled Tyrone towards victory. They hit the first five points of the game and when Peter Harte calmly despatched a penalty to the net in the 15th minute after Mark Bradley was fouled, they were 1-5 t0 0-0 clear and sailing towards the last four stage.
By the final whistle Tyrone could reflect on an 18-point success with teenager David Mulgrew sprung from the bench in the second half to telling effect as they swatted Armagh aside.
Mulgrew showed terrific composure to net into Hill 16 in the 55th minute and repeated that trick eight minutes later. He finished with 2-1 to his credit and will push hard for a starting semi-final berth after that impressive cameo.
Armagh were a huge disappointment after the progress they looked to have made in the qualifiers. A week after that impressive win over Tyrone, they were hamstrung by their slow start. By the break Armagh had cut Tyrone’s advantage to 1-8 to 0-4 but they couldn’t make any further inroads in the second half.
Armagh lost three players to black cards during the game – Mark Shields, Stephen Sheridan and captain Rory Grugan – while Tyrone finished with 14 men after Cathal McCarron saw yellow for the second time with nine minutes left on the clock.
Scorers for Tyrone: David Mulgrew 2-1, Peter Harte 1-2 (1-0 pen), Sean Cavanagh 0-4 (0-1f), Mark Bradley 0-3, Niall Morgan 0-2 (0-2f), Tiernan McCann, Colm Cavanagh, Matthew Donnelly, Declan McClure, Darren McCurry 0-1 each.
Scorers for Armagh: Rory Grugan 0-3 (0-2f), Paul Hughes, Mark Shields, Niall Grimley (0-1f), Jamie Clarke, Gavin McParland 0-1 each.
1. Niall Morgan (Edendork)
2. Aidan McCrory (Errigal Ciaran)
3. Ronan McNamee (Aghayaran)
4. Cathal McCarron (Dromore)
5. Tiernan McCann (Killyclogher)
6. Padraig Hampsey (Coalisland)
7. Peter Harte (Errigal Ciaran)
8. Colm Cavanagh (Moy)
22. Declan McClure (Clonoe)
9. Conall McCann (Killyclogher)
11. Niall Sludden (Dromore)
12. Kieran McGeary (Pomeroy)
13. Mark Bradley (Killyclogher)
14. Sean Cavanagh (Moy)
15. Mattie Donnelly (Trillick)
23. Darren McCurry (Edendork) for McGeary (44)
10. David Mulgrew (Ardboe) for Conall McCann (44)
18. Rory Brennan (Trillick) for McCrory (50)
26. Ronan O’Neill (Omagh) for Bradley (50)
21. Richard Donnelly (Trillick) for McClure (58)
24. Justin McMahon (Omagh) for Colm Cavanagh (inj) (59)
1. Blaine Hughes (Carrickcruppen)
2. James Morgan (Crossmaglen)
3. Charlie Vernon (Armagh Harps)
4. Paul Hughes (Crossmaglen)
5. Brendan Donaghy (Clonmore Robert Emmets)
6. Mark Shields (Whitecross)
7. Joe McElroy (Armagh Harps)
8. Stephen Sheridan (Forkhill)
9. Niall Grimley (Madden)
10. Rory Grugan (Ballymacnab)
11. Ciaran O’Hanlon (Killeavy)
12. Aidan Forker (Maghery)
13. Jamie Clarke (Crossmaglen Rangers)
14. Gavin McParland (Ballymacnab)
15. Stefan Campbell (Clan na Gael)
17. Oisin O’Neill (Crossmaglen Rangers) for O’Hanlon (30)
24. Anthony Duffy (Pearse) for Shields (black card) (33)
23. Ethan Rafferty (Grange) for Campbell (46)
22. Ben Crealey (Maghery) for McParland (51)
19. Ciaran McKeever (Cullyhanna) for Grimley (55)
21. Darren McKenna (Dromintee) for Sheridan (black card) (59)
Referee: David Gough (Meath)
The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!