Tyrone stormed into the Super 8s with a runaway 1-20 to 0-07 Round 4 Qualifier victory over Cavan at Clones.
The dominant Red Hands are back in the business end of the All-Ireland football championship after mercilessly demolishing the challenge of the beaten Ulster finalists.
Ruthless and potent, Mickey Harte's side seized control early on and never loosened their grip as they cruised to a 16-points success, setting up a Super 8s opener against Roscommon at Hyde Park next weekend.
Tyrone dominated the opening half, with Darren McCurry and Cathal McShane hitting three points each as they took a firm grip on the contest, leading by 0-12 to 0-03 at the interval.
Peter Harte and Cathal McShane scored five points each, but Harte will miss the Super 8s opener after picking up a black card right the end.
Substitute Ben McDonnell grabbed the 51st-minute goal that sealed a comfortable win and secured a place in the last eight for last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists.
In front of a crowd of 11,258, Niall Murray’s early free was cancelled out by a point from Tyrone’s rookie midfielder Brian Kennedy, and they hit the front when goalkeeper Niall Morgan drilled a 58-metre free between the posts in the tenth minute.
Gearoid McKiernan and Niall Sludden swapped points, and Kennedy was denied a goal by goalkeeper Raymond Galligan, who saved with his foot after the Derrylaughan man had been sent in by Cathal McShane.
Morgan converted the resultant ’45 and Tyrone were on a roll, hurting their opponents with their strong support play and willingness to commit players to the offensive effort.
They hit seven points on the spin, three of them from Darren McCurry, who drifted out deep to find space and possession in which to execute his sublime finishing skills.
Colm Cavanagh and McShane also got in on the act with neat conversions, before the Breffni men ended a 16 minutes barren spell with their first point from play, hooked over by substitute Conor Madden in the 28th minute.
But Tyrone were calling the tune and striking sweet notes as they continued to dominate, McShane’s third converted free sending them in at the breaj with a commanding 0-12 to 0-3 lead.
Padraig Faulkner, Killian Clarke and Conor Moynagh did all they could to close down the danger men, but to no avail. With Michael Cassidy and Mattie Donnelly breaking tackles as they worked for the greater cause, Tyrone were always able to find the man in space, with Niall Sludden and Harte adding further points.
And when Clarke was dismissed by way of a black card after 45 minutes, one of Cavan’s most solid defensive lynchpins was gone.
By the end of the third quarter, the Red Hands had soared 12 points clear, switching to a more direct route, with long balls from Kieran McGeary and Harte picking out target man McShane, who duly slotted over a couple of scores.
Cavan heads were down as they began to accept an inglorious end to a season that has promised so much, and the end effectively came in the 61st minute when substitute Ben McDonnell fetched a booming Colm Cavanagh delivery to roll his shot to the net from close range.
Goalkeeper Morgan did have a shot to save late on from Conor Madden, but there was little else to trouble the Tyrone defence on a dominant afternoon.
Tyrone: N Morgan (0-02, 1f, 1 ’45); HP McGeary, R McNamee, R Brennan; M Cassidy, F Burns, C Meyler; C Cavanagh (0-01), B Kennedy (0-01); M Donnelly, N Sludden (0-02), P Harte (0-05, 4f); D McCurry (0-03), C McShane (0-05, 3f), K McGeary.
Subs: K Coney for McCurry (45), P Hampsey for HP McGeary (48), M McKernan for Cassidy (49), B McDonnell (1-00) for K McGeary (54), C McCann (0-01) for Sludden (58), R Donnelly for McShane (60)
Cavan: R Galligan; J McLoughlin, P Faulkner, C Moynagh; C Rehill, K Clarke, Ciaran Brady; Conor Brady, G McKiernan (0-02, 2f); N Murray (0-02, 2f), D McVeety (0-01), G Smith (0-01); O Kiernan, C Mackey, M Reilly.
Subs: C Madden (0-01) for Rehill (21), O Kiernan for McLoughlin (31), C O’Reilly for Brady (h-t), S Murray for Reilly (h-t), T Galligan for Clarke (BC 45), K Brady for Faulkner (54)
Referee: B Cassidy (Derry)