Monday 5 December 2016

The game at a glance

Published 25/07/2011 | 05:00

Man of the match: Peter Harte (Tyrone):Full-back Joe McMahon was also outstanding but Harte's workrate and creativity was central to Tyrone carving open the Armagh defence.

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Turning point

The last six minutes before half-time. Having trailed 0-6 to 0-3, Tyrone scored 1-4 without reply to go in four points up and an early second-half goal sealed it.

Talking point

Apart from a few quibbles about whether Joe McMahon was in the square for that first goal, all Tyrone fans remarked on how like their 'old selves' their team are now looking.

Ref watch

Apart from the McMahon goal, Marty Duffy (Sligo) genuinely did not have any difficult decisions to make and his linesmen served him particularly well.

What they said

Mickey Harte (Tyrone manager):

"We've played well in the two qualifiers to date, that's why we're in the last nine, but we need to play well again as I was at the Connacht final and I was very impressed with Roscommon."

Paddy O'Rourke (Armagh manager):

"Joe McMahon's goal was a very stupid one to give away in a game at this level and we also missed a penalty. That's a five-point turnaround in a game that was going to be as tight as this."

Match statistics

Wides: Tyrone 10 (4); Armagh 5 (4)

Frees: Tyrone 25 (13); Armagh 16 (7)

Yellow cards: Tyrone 1 (McMenamin 31); Armagh 6 (Clarke 12, Toner 28, Donaghy 29, T Kernan 53, B Mallon 69, Hanratty 70)

Red cards: 0

Attendance: 13, 682

What next?

Tyrone face Roscommon in the outstanding fourth-round qualifier game this weekend, with the winners facing Dublin in the quarter-final.

Armagh's season is over.

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