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Red Hands Stroll Into Semi Final

Saturday 05.08.2017
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


Tyrone 3-17 Armagh 0-8

Tyrone are back in the All-Ireland semi final after a surprisingly comfortable eighteen point success over neighbours Armagh at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon.


It took the Orchard men eighteen minutes to get off the mark via a Niall Grimley free by which stage they were already in serious trouble as they had shipped 1-5. Colm Cavanagh, Mark Bradley and Sean Cavanagh were among the points for the Ulster champions before Peter Harte converted a 15th minute penalty after Bradley had been fouled.


After such a good start the game was played on Tyrone’s terms with Harte giving a man of the match display. Declan McClure, a late change to the Tyrone starting fifteen, split the posts and while Mark Shields replied for Armagh it was the Red Hands who always had the upper hand. Gavin McParland and Sean Cavanagh exchanged points as did Rory Grugan and Harte to leave Tyrone comfortably in front at the short whistle 1-8 to 0-4.


A Niall Morgan free was followed by Bradley’s third point of the contest as Tyrone increased their advantage on the restart before Jamie Clarke, who was well marshalled by Cathal McCarron throughout, got his only score of the contest. Mattie Donnelly and Grugan swapped points before substitute David Mulgrew showed great composure to finish to the net in style after being picked out by an outstanding Niall Sludden pass.


It was game over at that stage but Tyrone continued to dominate proceedings. Cavanagh and Mulgrew tagged on points before the latter struck for another brilliant goal. By that stage Tyrone were down to fourteen men after Cathal McCarron picked up a second yellow in as many minutes but an afternoon to forget for Armagh concluded when they went down to fourteen as well when Grugan was black carded and they had used all their subs. Sean Cavanagh and Morgan rounded it off with points apiece as they set up a semi final meeting with holders and three in a row chasing Dublin.



TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Aidan McCrory, Ronan McNamee, Cathal McCarron; Tiernan McCann, Padraig Hampsey, Peter Harte; Colm Cavanagh, Declan McClure; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Conall McCann; Mark Bradley, Sean Cavanagh, Kieran McGeary. Subs: David Mulgrew for C McCann (44), Darren McCurry for McGeary (44), Rory Brennan for McCrory (51), Ronan O’Neill for Bradley (51), Richard Donnelly for McClure (58), Justin McMahon for Colm Cavanagh (59)

ARMAGH: Blaine Hughes; James Morgan, Charlie Vernon, Paul Hughes; Brendan Donaghy, Mark Shields, Joe McElroy; Stephen Sheridan, Niall Grimley; Rory Grugan, Ciaran O’Hanlon, Aidan Forker; Jamie Clarke, Gavin McParland, Stefan Campbell. Subs: Oisin O’Neill for O’Hanlon (30), Anthony Duffy for Shields (33, black card), Ethan Rafferty for Campbell (46), Ben Crealey for McParland (51), Ciaran McKeever for Grimley (56), Darren McKenna for Sheridan (59, black card). Tyrone scorers – David Mulgrew 2-1, Peter Harte 1-2, Sean Cavanagh 0-4, Mark Bradley 0-3,  Niall Morgan 0-2, Colm Cavanagh 0-1, Tiernan McCann 0-1, Declan McClure 0-1, Mattie Donnelly 0-1, Darren McCurry 0-1


Armagh scorers – Rory Grugan 0-3, Niall Grimley 0-1, Mark Shields 0-1, Gavin McParland 0-1, Jamie Clarke 0-1, Paul Hughes 0-1



Referee – David Gough, Meath




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