Ulster SFC: Tyrone 1-14 Armagh 1-9
Armagh's hopes of a third Ulster title on the trot were dashed today in Clones by a young and eager Tyrone team.
Tyrone started quickly and scored a goal inside the first minute, Eoin Mulligan chasing a long ball and stretching to flick the ball beyond Brendan Tierney in the Armagh goal. Tyrone led 1-3 to 0-1 after just five minutes, and when wing-back Declan McCrossan landed a wonder point from near the sideline after 11 minutes, it looked like Armagh would be blown away. But Armagh gradually pulled themselves back into the game and by half time they trailed by just a goal, 1-6 to 0-6.
Armagh got the same quick start to the second half that Tyrone got in the first, Stephen McDonnell fisting Oisin McConville's pass to the net. Just three minutes later and Armagh led by two points, thanks to further scores from McConville and McDonnell. But Tyrone managed to put a stop to the momentum that Armagh were gathering, as points by Stephen O'Neill and Cormac McAnallen for Tyrone bought the teams back level. The game tightened up considerably after that, and with fifteen minutes remaining the scores were level 1-9 apiece.
But Tyrone finished the strongest firing over five terrific points in a row through Peter Canavan, O'Neill, the limping Brian Dooher, Brian McGuigan and the impressive O'Neill again to take victory and dump the champions out of the Ulster championship.
Tyrone were also victorious in the minor game, defeating Armagh by a solitary point, 1-9 to 0-11.
Filed by Pat Nugent