Tyrone 0-13 Armagh 1-10

Armagh won a vital point in their battle against relegation with a dramatic equalising goal from substitute Niall Grimley at Healy Park, where they drew with Tyrone, 0-13 to 1-10.

Three points each from Ronan O’Neill and Connor McAliskey helped Tyrone to a 0-08 to 0-06 interval lead, with Stefan Campbell converting three Armagh frees, and Colm Watters hitting two from play.

O’Neill added another volley of points, and Armagh lost Watters to a second yellow card, as the Red Hands pushed on with scores from Darren McCurry and Mark Bradley.

But in a desperate last rally, Grimley punched home in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

In front of a crowd of 4,255, Tyrone pushed ahead with a couple of early points from Ronan O’Neill, but Armagh’s top scorer Stefan Campbell slotted over a free.

Mattie Donnelly and Colm Cavanagh gave the home side the edge around the middle, and they got men behind the ball, forcing their opponents to move the ball laterally

And in typical Tyrone fashion, they broke swiftly from deep to nail two superb scores, hammered over from distance by Connor McAliskey and Richie Donnelly.

Youngster Rory Brennan displayed an impressive ability to read the game, averting a couple of dangerous situations, but the Orchard men did manage to find the openings for Colm Watters to hit a couple of points, with Aidan Forker also arrowing over a gem.

Campbell had a couple of chances to convert frees, but failed to find the target, as the Red Hands, playing into the wind and rain, kept their noses in front.

The home side had a glorious goal chance when Tiernan McCann’s incisive pass sent McAliskey through, but he blazed his shot over the bar.

And it was his third point that sent the Division Two leaders in with a 0-8 to 0-6 interval lead.

Tyrone, now with the significant breeze in their backs, extended the lead through O’Neill, thanks to Niall Sludden’s perfectly timed pass

But Gavin McParland was a growing threat up front, winning the free that Campbell slotted over.

A superbly struck ’45 from the Armagh sharpshooter narrowed the gap to one, but once again, a personal shoot-out saw O’Neill respond with his fifth.

It was looking good for Tyrone when two Darren McCurry frees pushed them into a four points lead, and even more bleak for the Orchard men as Watters was sent off on a second booking with 12 minutes to play.

The Armagh men had gone 45 minutes without a score from play when substitute Tony Kernan landed a long range effort, and it was Kernan who provided the delivery for another substitute, Grimley, to punch to the net deep into stoppage time.

Tyrone: N Morgan, A McCrory, P Hampsey, C McCarron, N Sludden, R Brennan, T McCann, C Cavanagh, M Donnelly, P Harte, R O’Neill (0-05, 3f), R Donnelly (0-02), D McCurry (0-02, 2f), S Cavanagh, C McAliskey (0-03).

Subs: M Bradley (0-01) for Hart (5), B Tierney for Sludden (51), Conall McCann for McAliskey (56), P McNulty for R Donnelly (59)

Armagh: P Morrison, A Mallon, C Vernon, S Heffron, M Shields, S Connell, A Forker (0-01), J McElroy, E Rafferty, R Grugan, M McKenna, C O’Hanlon, C Watters (0-02), S Campbell (0-06, 5f, 1 ’45), G McParland.

Subs: T Kernan (0-01) for O’Hanlon (h-t), N Grimley (1-00) for Rafferty  (55), S Forker for McPaland (59), A Findon for McKenna (63), J Hall for Campbell 68)

Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon).

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