Tyrone completely routed Fermanagh in their Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final in Croke Park today on a scoreline of 1-21 to 0-05. Right from the beginning Tyrone totally out-played a very disappointing Fermanagh team with scores coming from almost every player on the team. Tyrone's play was relentless and even at the end, with double scores between them and their opponents, they continued to rack up scores.

Tyrone opened the scoring through Peter Canavan and followed up with scores from Eoin Mulligan, Enda McGinley and Ger Cavlan. Ciaran O'Reilly got Fermanagh's first point on 12 minutes but Tyrone answered through Brian Dooher.

The Ulster champions got a soft goal through Sean Cavanagh after Eoin Mulligan made great space leaving Barry Owen for dead to pass off to the midfielder who slid it under the advancing Ronan Gallagher. Mulligan and Cavanagh pointed for Tyrone while Tom Brewster got Fermanagh's second point. It was far too little as Fermanagh were made to look like schoolboys while Tyrone played exhibition football and used the occasion to practice their kicking.

Cavanagh, Mulligan, McGinley and Brian McGuigan scored in the closing moments to ensure that all of Tyrone's forwards had scored.

The second half continued in the same manner. Although Tom Brewster opened the scoring for Fermanagh it was easily answered by Canavan who got two of his own, followed by scores from Cavlan, Kevin Hughes and a free kick from Canavan. Fermanagh goalkeeper Gallagher was doing his best to keep the scores down with some fine saves from Mulligan, Cavanagh and Hughes.

Tyrone's play was relentless over the seventy minutes and, although it was certainly not a game for the neutrals, their opponents in the next round will certainly be taking note of this unceremonious drubbing of a Fermanagh side that, on previous displays, are better than this.

Filed by Barry J Whyte