Saturday 21 April 2018

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Philip Jordan (Tyrone)

Jordan was always busy and shades this verdict ahead of his goalkeeper, Pascal McConnell.

Talking point

This was an Ulster final lacking real bite. Tyrone look to have everyone else in a vice-like grip in the province.

Turning point

The game had already turned Tyrone's way when Pascal McConnell blocked a Damien Freeman shot at the end of the first half. The sense of deflation about Monaghan's day was complete.

Ref watch

Coldrick's 'laissez faire' approach suited the day as both teams largely concentrated on playing football.

What they said

Mickey Harte (Tyrone manager):

"Back-to-back titles are something that you don't often get the chance to do. When you get into that position you want to make the most of it."

Seamus McEnaney (Monaghan manager):

"The worst performance in six years, it's hard to take. There is no hiding place here today."

Match statistics

Wides: Tyrone 12 (9); Monaghan 12 (6)

Frees: Tyrone 17(10); Monaghan 27 (11)

Yellow cards: Tyrone 2 (M Penrose 58, P Jordan 61); Monaghan 4 (D Freeman 20, O Lennon 34, D Hughes 55, C Walshe 67).

Attendance: 34,634.

What next?

Tyrone are into All-Ireland quarter-finals in two weeks' time, Monaghan have a fourth-round qualifier date with Kildare next weekend.

Irish Independent

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