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Tyrone beat Armagh to close in on another McKenna Cup four-in-a-row

Only Cavan stand in their way now.

Updated at 8am.

Michael O'Neill blocks Jamie Clarke 21/1/2015 Tyrone's goalkeeper Michael O'Neill blocks Armagh's Jamie Clarke. Source: Presseye/Jonathan Porter/INPHO

THREE FIRST-HALF goals helped Tyrone past Armagh and into the final of the Dr McKenna Cup.

Inspired by man of the match Conor McAliskey, the Red Hand ran out 3-10 to 1-8 winners at the Athletic Grounds.

Mickey Harte’s side will face Cavan who beat Fermanagh 1-8 to 1-7 in the other semi-final on Wednesday evening.

PJ Lavery scored Tyrone’s first goal after just five minutes and when Shay McGuigan netted their second on 24 minutes, they led 2-3 to 0-1.

Stefan Campbell responded immediately with a goal at the other end to keep Armagh in touch but Kieran McGeeney’s side leaked a third to Sean Cavanagh three minutes before the break.

Armagh went in six points down, 3-4 to 1-4, and were never closer in the second half as Tyrone pulled away to win by eight.

Ryan Jones and Killian Brady 21/1/2015 Fermanagh's Ryan Jones tries to get away from Killian Brady. Source: Andrew Paton

They will return to the Athletic Grounds this Saturday evening (7.30pm) to face Cavan who snatched a dramatic victory over Fermanagh with a late goal.

Philip Tinnelly struck on 70 minutes as Terry Hyland’s side completed a late comeback.

Fermanagh led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break and Marty O’Brien’s goal looked to have them on course for a place in the final before Tinnelly turned the tables.

Originally published 21 January at 10pm.

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