Tipperary 0-07 Tyrone 0-19
Tyrone demolished Tipperary by 12 points in this afternoon’s All-Ireland SFC round 3B qualifier, running out 0-19 to 0-07 winners in front of 4,620 spectators at Semple Stadium.
Mickey Harte’s Red Hands ran riot in the second half, outscoring the hosts by 0-12 to 0-01.
Tyrone led by 0-07 to 0-06 at the break as tempers boiled over on the stroke of half-time, with players from both sides becoming involved in a number of scuffles.
And it turned into a dreadful second half for Tipp, who fell to a big defeat and saw their manager Peter Creedon step down after the game.
In a game that was billed as a grudge match following the controversial All-Ireland Under-21 final between the counties, the Premier County had seven players booked, one black carded and another sent off.
Liam Casey was handed a red card in the 56th minute, just two minutes after coming on, for a stamp on Colm Cavanagh.
Experienced defender Ciaran McDonald was black-carded soon after as the Tipp challenge crumbled.
That exchange of pleasantries before half-time seemed to benefit Tyrone more as they turned up the heat in the second half, with Tipp desperately lacking inspiration all over the pitch.
Despite playing against the breeze, Tyrone romped to a comfortable win to book their place in round 4B.
Free-takers Darren McCurry and Connor McAliskey finished with five points each but the Cavanagh brothers, Sean and Colm, were both excellent, along with Peter Harte.
For Tipp, this is a major setback after running Kerry to six points in the Munster semi-final, followed up by a 21-point victory over Louth last weekend.
Tyrone flattered to deceive against Meath but this was a much-improved display from the Ulster men.
They were 0-07 to 0-06 clear at half-time before unloading with ferocity on Tipp in the second half.
The hosts managed just one point in the entire second half – a 66th minute Kevin O’Halloran free – as Tyrone turned up the heat.
And yet the sides were level at 0-04 apiece by the 19th minute as Tipp recovered from falling three points down to level.
O’Halloran was in good form from placed balls but Tipp were finding it difficult to break through the massed Tyrone ranks.
Mickey Harte’s men packed bodies behind the ball and broke with pace when they had the opportunities to do so.
And once they got into their stride in the second half, they were simply too good for Division 3 opponents.
TIPPERARY: E Comerford; A Campbell, P Codd, C McDonald; S Kennedy, R Kiely (0-01), B Fox; P Acheson, C O’Riordan; G Mulhair, S O’Brien, P Austin; K O’Halloran (0-05, 4f 1 45), M Quinlivan (0-01), C Sweeney.
Subs: J Lonergan for Sweeney (40), L Casey for O’Brien (54), J Feehan for McDonald (b/c 59), B Grogan for Austin (61), B Mulvihill for O’Riordan (65), C O’Shaughnessy for Mulhair (67).
TYRONE: N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte (0-02); C Cavanagh (0-03), M Donnelly (0-03); T McCann, M Bradley, C Meyler; D McCurry (0-05, 3f), S Cavanagh, C McAliskey (0-05, 3f).
Subs: C McCann (0-01) for McCurry (51), B Tierney for Meyler (58), C Clarke for C Cavanagh (61), R O’Neill for Bradley (61), P McNulty for Harte (63), C McShane for McAliskey (67).
Referee: D Gough (Meath)