Tyrone easily brushed aside a poor Longford outfit at Pearse Park. Despite winning the trophy last year, Longford struggled to keep their players together for the league and this defeat could have serious implications for all involved.
Tyrone's victory never looked in any doubt, with three first-half goals helping them to a 15-point advantage at the interval.
Longford improved in the second half, but the visitors always gave the impression that they could shift up the gears.
Aidan Kelly put on an exhibition of shooting -- as did corner-forward Conor Grogan who bagged two well-taken goals.
In the closing stages, Longford replied with goals from John Newman and John Minnock but by then it was a case of damage limitation.
Man of the Match: A Kelly (Tyrone)
Scorers -- Tyrone: C Grogan 2-1, P O'Connor 2-0, A Kelly 0-5 (2f), C McErlean 0-5 (1f), R O'Neill 0-3, M O'Gorman, T Hughes, M Winters 0-1 each. Longford: E Donnellan 0-6 (4f), J Newman 1-2, J Minnock 1-0, Joe O'Brien 0-2, M Morrissey, J Casey 0-1 each.
Longford -- P Cullen 6; C Finucane 6, F Daly 6, S Hannon 6; B Stakem 6, R Donnellan 6, M Coyle 6; M Morrissey 6, E Donnellan 7; S Browne 6, J Newman 7, J Casey 6; Joe O'Brien 7, K Murray 6, A Corcoran. Subs: J Devine for Daly (51), John O'Brien for A Corcoran (56), J Minnock for Morrissey (56), E Kavanagh for Casey (65), E Daly for Murray (65).
Tyrone -- N Gallagher 7; SP Begley 7, D Maguire 7, R Winters 7; M O'Gorman, S Donnelly 7, M Grogan 7; T Hughes 7, C Gallagher 7; M Winters 6, A Kelly 8, C McErlean 8 ; R O'Neill 7, P O'Connor 8, C Grogan 8. Subs: N O'Neill for Winters (50), P Corr for Begley (52), B Winters for O'Connor (59), S O'Hagan for Donnelly (63).
Ref -- C Groome (Offaly).