Sunday 17 December 2017

Tyrone build on good start to book final spot

Tyrone 2-12 Armagh 2-08: EirGrid Ulster U-21 semi-finals

Tyrone progressed to the Ulster U-21 Football Championship final with victory over Armagh
Tyrone progressed to the Ulster U-21 Football Championship final with victory over Armagh Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tyrone were more comfortable winners than the scoreline suggested last night, as two first-half goals laid the platform for their Ulster U21 semi-final win over Armagh..

First-half strikes from Lee Brennan and Conor Meyler helped the Red Hands coast into a 2-6 to 0-1 half-time lead.

Despite some excellent free-taking from Armagh senior player Ethan Rafferty and an injury-time goal from Jack Grugan, impressive Tyrone never looked in any danger.

Tyrone adapted better to the wet surface at Breffni Park and scored the first three points from Ruairi McGlone, Kieran McGeary and Daniel McNulty.

All their good work was undone when Aidan Nugent collected a high ball into the square and swivelled to shoot into the far corner of the net one minute later.

Tyrone responded well, with Lee Brennan replying instantly with 1-1. Meyler pulled off a lob over Blaine Hughes for goal number two.

Armagh's best spell came in the third quarter when they reeled off three points in a row, two frees from Rafferty and a superb point by Ryan McShane.

Tyrone's Cathal McShane hit two nice points from distance before Sean Fox pulled off a superb flying save to his left from Ryan McShane's fierce shot late on.

Scorers - Tyrone: L Brennan 1-2 (2f), C Meyler 1-0, D McNulty 0-4 (3f), K McGeary 0-2, C McShane 0-2, R McGlone 0-1, M Kavanagh 0-1. Armagh: J Grugan 1-1, A Nugent 1-0, E Rafferty 0-5 (5f), C O'Hanlon 0-1, R McShane 0-1.

Tyrone - S Fox; R Mullan, P Hampsey, F McGarrity; C McLaughlin, R Brennan, K McGeary; F Burns, C McShane; C Meyler, M Kavanagh, M Walsh; L Brennan, D McNulty, R McGlone. Subs: R Kelly for McLaughlin (BC, 19), M Cassidy for Mullan (BC, 39), C Byrne for McGarrity (53), D Kavanagh for McGlone (53).

Armagh - B Hughes; G McCabe, S Heffron, J Cosgrove; F Burns, D O'Neill, D Nugent; C O'Hanlon, E Rafferty; G Mackin, C Comiskey, C Mackin; A Nugent, C McKenna, R McShane. Subs: N Grimley for McKenna (21), S Connell for Burns (22), P Campbell for O'Neill (30), M Murphy for G Mackin (HT), J Grugan (1-1) for C Mackin (40), C Martin for Comiskey (55).

Ref - S Laverty (Antrim)

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