A late goal from Sean Kavanagh spared Tyrone's blushes in Clones as the favourites for the Ulster Senior Football Championship forced a replay against Armagh next Sunday. The sides were no less than level on ten occasions in this fast paced game, which saw end to end exciting football in front of a 31,000 strong Clones crowd.

Armagh started the stronger with two points scored by the impressive Oisin McConville before Tyrone got into the game thanks to an O'Neill free-kick and a McMenamin point. Tyrone went ahead when debutante Sean Cavanagh scored his first ever point, but the teams were level again when McConville scored from a free.

The match was point for point in what was an amazing atmosphere in Clones. The sides went level again at half time after McConville scored his fifth score of the game from a free-kick. Early exchanges in the second half saw McMenamin and McConville swap points before Armagh took a two point lead when McEntee and McConville again scored the points.

Tyrone went level when Canavan scored two frees, but Armagh took a slight edge when John Toal produced a long ball for McDonnell who booted the ball into the net from close range. Tyrone battled back and sub Ronan Clarke got a quick point before McCrossan and Cavanagh put them one behind Armagh. Then with a minute on the clock Colin Holmes blasted a point for Tyrone.

The replay will be next Sunday.

Tyrone 1-12 Armagh 1-12

Filed by James Shortt