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Tyrone Beat Cavan And Now Face Derry In Armagh.
Tyrone overcame a resolute Cavan side tonight in Brewster Park thanks to two very timely second half goals and thus qualified for Saturday night’s final. They will now face a Derry side brimming with confidence following their opening league win over the Red Hands.
Tyrone struggled at times tonight with Cavan’s aggression and commitment and trailed by four points at the break ten points to six. However they could have been handsomely ahead at half time had they capitalised on the three goal chances that they created in the opening thirty five minutes. Martin Penrose, Brian Mc Guigan and Mark Donnelly all came close to netting majors but great work by James Reilly in the Cavan goal prevented Tyrone from finding the net.
Cavan began the second half well but Tyrone hit them with two goals, the first a penalty from Martin Penrose after a foul on Mark Donnelly. Cavan were reduced to fourteen men after Syephen Jordan was sent off in that incident. Patrick Mc Niece then finished a fine move to the net four minutes later and Tyrone looked home and hosed. However Cavan refused to buckle and with Ray Cullivan driving them on and just three points between the sides they pushed hard for a goal which would have drawn them level. Fortunately for Tyrone some fine late scores from Stevie O’Neill and Kevin Hughes saw Mickey Harte’s side through to Saturday night’s final on a score line of 2-11 to 0-14.