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Armagh v Tyrone - previous flashpoints


Mattie Donnelly

Mattie Donnelly


Mattie Donnelly

2014 All-Ireland SF Qualifier

Armagh 0-13 Tyrone 0-10

This match was barely a minute old when a melee involving up to ten players from each side erupted, ending with yellow cards for Armagh's Aidan Forker and Tyrone defender Mattie Donnelly (right).

Armagh reacted better in front of almost 11,000 people in Omagh and Donnelly picked up his second yellow card on 30 minutes to hand the Orchard men the initiative.

Armagh never looked back and kept Tyrone scoreless for the final 23 minutes to progress to the next round.

2005 Ulster SFC final replay

Armagh 0-13 Tyrone 0-11

This Ulster final was played in Croke Park and is perhaps best remembered for Peter Canavan's fleeting appearance.

Injury meant the Tyrone sharpshooter didn't start but when he was introduced, a mass brawl erupted and Canavan was sent off just 60 seconds after being brought on.

Ciaran McKeever picked up a second yellow card in the same incident but Tyrone would finish with 13 men after the dismissal of Stephen O'Neill. Armagh took control late on and reeled off the final six points of the game but Tyrone would gain revenge in that year's All-Ireland semi-final before going on to lift Sam Maguire.

1989 Castleblayney floodlit tournament

Tyrone-Armagh match abandoned

The sides met in this tournament game with the memory of the summer's championship clash fresh in the minds of both teams. Tyrone edged that game but there was unfinished business when the sides met at the south Monaghan venue after some unsavoury stuff that day.

The match also represented Peter Canavan's first taste of the rivalry. He was marking his cousin Leo McGeary and the pair looked on as a row erupted on the 20-minute mark.

"The two teams met in the middle of the pitch after 20 minutes," recalled Canavan last summer, "and it was hell for leather for five minutes and that was the end of the game."

Irish Independent