Tyrone have become the second provincial winners to lose to a team they have already beaten in the championship following Derry's comprehensive 1-09 to 0-07 victory in today's third All-Ireland football quarter-final at Clones. In a dour, ill-tempered, foul ridden, low-scoring game, Derry avenged their earlier defeat to Tyrone with a workmanlike display, and never looked in real danger following the dismissal of Peter Canavan on the half-hour for a punch on Johnny McBride in an off the ball incident.
Understandably, Tyrone seemed rudderless without their inspirational captain and could only manage another four points as Derry strolled to a comfortable victory. The game was a dirty, niggly affair with six yellow cards shown in the first quarter of an hour. Derry's three extra games in the qualifier series stood to them, as they imposed their game on their opponents from the whistle. They won the crucial midfield battle, where the impressive Fergal Doherty stood out, supplying their forwards with plenty of quality ball and protecting their defence with typical discipline and determination. Tyrone were more circuitous in their approach with only centre forward Stephen O'Neill willing to shoulder the responsibility to shoot, scoring three points from play.
The killer goal came early in the second half when Derry's corner forward Paddy Bradley managed to get his fist to a high ball before Tyrone's goalkeeper Finbarr McConnell. Tyrone upped their performance briefly after the goal with two good scores from O'Neill, but as the half wore on, Derry's extra player began to make a difference and they ran out comfortable winners. Derry will now face Galway, winners against Roscommon yesterday, in the first of this year's semi-finals.
Filed by Neill Reilly