Armagh too good for 14-man Tyrone in gruelling battle
Published 13/07/2014 | 16:50
Armagh have knocked bitter rivals Tyrone out of the championship in their own back yard after a 0-13 to 0-10 victory at Healy Park in Omagh.
Armagh were the better side in the first half when Tyrone centre back Mattie Donnelly was dismissed for two bookable offences.
To their credit, Mickey Harte's men did rally and led at one stage in the second half but Armagh's numerical advantage told and they are left to savour a sweet victory.
There was drama before the start of the game with 22 players involved in a fracas from the throw-in.
When the game finally got underway Tony Kernan's close range free was cancelled out by a fine score from Kyle Coney.
Niall Morgan got his first point of the day before Jamie Clarke blew a great goal chance.
Points from Kernan and Stephen Harald put the Orchard men in front.
The game was very intense with both sides guilty of making forced errors with Tony Kernan and Sean Kavanagh traded frees.
Kernan and Clarke were next on the scoresheet for Paul Grimley's side before Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly received his marching orders.
Tyrone were very fortunate to only be two behind at the break as they trailed by 0-7 to 0-5.
Tyrone rattled off the first three points of the second period through Niall McKenna and Sean Kavanagh (3) but Armagh did likewise to retake the lead.
A brace of frees for Darren McCurry made it 10 points apiece after 50 minutes.
The ever-dangerous Jamie Clarke, wing back Mark Shields and Rory Gruggan edged Armagh ahead by three once more.
Armagh lost Ciaran McKeever to a black card with nine minutes to play but Tyrone were struggling to make inroads and neither side registered another score as Mickey Harte's men bowed out of the All-Ireland championship.