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Tyrone Exit Qualifiers After Under Par Showing
Armagh 1-16 Tyrone 1-10
Tyrone’s hopes of making it back to back All Ireland titles were well and truly put to the sword as a superb display from Armagh dumped the Red Hands out of the qualifiers and brought their reign as All Ireland champions to a an end. Armagh bounced back from conceding an early goal to dominate possession and dictate the pace of the game before emerging deserved six point winners.
Tyrone opened their account with an early goal plundered by Conor McKenna but surprisingly that was as good as it got as the home side attacked with power and purpose and by half time the Orchard County were a point to the good. Indeed if truth be told Armagh must have wondered how they held such a slender lead having created numerous chances behind the Tyrone defence.
Kieran McGeeney’s side created several goal scoring opportunities the first of which arrived after 22nd minute when Stefan Campbell broke through before trying to offload to Aidan Nugent but Tyrone keeper Niall Morgan came off his line quickly to make a vital interception.
Two minutes later the home side cut open the All Ireland champions defence again but this time midfielder Stephen Sheridan blazed over when it may have been easier to have found the net. The teams left the pitch at halftime with plenty of food for thought with Armagh scratching their head at their narrow one point lead when their play deserved much more.
The home side took up where they had left off firing over an early brace of points at the start of the second half. Man of the match Stefan Campbell led the line for the winners while goalkeeper Ethan Rafferty typified their never say die spirit hitting two outstanding points from play.
The hard work of Jarly Og Burns, Aaron McKay, Rory Grugan and Ben Crealey put Tyrone under serious pressure and asked questions that Tyrone just. Could not answer.Up front the highly impressive Aidan Nugent, Rian O’Neill and Jason Duffy looked dangerous every time they gained possession.
Armagh were first to the ball in so many situations and their hunger for possession saw them win dirty ball time after time and set up scoring chances as a result. After the early goal both sides wasted no time in getting their challenge going with well taken points from Nugent, Conor O’Neill and Rafferty, and a well taken Darren McCurry score helping to keep Tyrone just in front
In the 15th minute though Armagh gained an advantage that they were never to lose when a great ball from Paddy Burns found Nugent who cut in from the by-line before crashing the ball to the net past Niall Morgan.
Tyrone found themselves in bother but McCurry kept them in touch from a free and then a fine effort from play. O’Neill once more replied for Armagh but Tyrone finished the half strongly with points from Peter Harte and McCurry to leave only a point between the teams at the short whistle. .
Armagh began the second half well when a surging run from keeper Rafferty saw him win a free which O’Neill converted. Shortly after a point from Grugan stretched the tread to three. Tyrone’s chances of closing the gap were dealt a blow when Richard Donnelly received a black card.
Tyrone looked like a beaten side long before the final whistle as Armagh grew in confidence taking some fine scores as they eased to a 1-16 to 1-10 win with sub Andrew Murnin shooting two excellent points.
ARMAGH: E Rafferty (0-2), J Morgan, A Forker, C O’Neill (0-1), A McKay, G McCabe, J Og Burns, S Sheridan (0-1), B Crealey, R Grugan (0-1), S Campbell (0-2), P Burns, A Nugent (1-1), R O’Neill (0-4, 3F), J Duffy (0-1). Subs: C Mackin for Burns, Conor Turbitt (0-1) for C O’Neill, A Murnin (0-2) for Nugent, R McQuillan for Sheridan, J Hall for Duffy, M Shields for Mackin
TYRONE: N Morgan, P Teague, R McNamee, P Hampsey, M McKernan,P Harte (0-1), R Brennan, C Kilpatrick (0-1), F Burns, C Meyler, M O’Neill, N Sludden, D McCurry (0-7, 4F, 1 mark), M Donnelly, C McKenna (1-0). Subs: K McGeary for Teague, R Donnelly (0-1) for Sludden, D Canavan for Burns, C McShane for M Donnelly, M McGleenan for O’Neill