McGuigan-inspired Tyrone have too much class for Armagh

Tyrone 5-16 Armagh 0-07

McGuigan-inspired Tyrone have too much class for Armagh

The Red Hands will face Derry in Sunday’s semi-final, a prelude to their opening NFL fixture next month.

With an embarrassment of riches in terms of men who looked comfortable and composed in possession, Tyrone stretched the Orchard defence and picked holes almost at will Shay McGuigan was the man who conducted the orchestra, his vision and range of passing uncannily reminiscent of older brother Brian in his prime.

It was McGuigan’s defence-splitting pass that created the opening for Ciaran McGinley’s 16th minute goal, the Errigal Ciaran man sending a bullet to the net from Mattie Donnelly’s popped pass.

The Red Hands had a second goal eight minutes later.

This time it was Donnelly who shuffled past marker Charlie Vernon out on the right to cut inside and beat Philip McEvoy with a low, precise finish to the corner of the net.

By that stage, the home side led 2-5 to 0-2, dominating possession around the middle, where Conan Grugan and Danny McBride shaded their battle with Ethan Rafferty and James Rafferty, but crucially, the Red Hands dominated breaking ball through the busy PJ Lavery, Emmet McKenna and Ronan McNabb.

Jamie Clarke showed he possessed the spark that could ignite his attack, but too often his colleagues carried the ball into the tackle and saw possession turned over.

Kyle Carragher nailed a couple of points, but once Tyrone were in possession, there was little Paul Grimley’s men could do to stop them.

Ronan O’Neill and Paddy McNeice each hit a couple of points, and goalkeeper Morgan drilled a free between the posts.

McGuigan became the ninth Tyrone player to score, giving his side a 2-10 to 0-4 interval lead.

PJ Lavery slotted home a third goal within 30 seconds of the restart, and Harte punished Andy Mallon’s foul on Donnelly by slotting home a 44th minute penalty.

A touch of Jamie Clarke magic presented Stefan Campbell with a goal chance, but Morgan responded with an excellent save.

Midfielder Grugan, one of just three Tyrone players to start all three games so far, added further to his growing reputation, and the Red Hands completed a ruthless demolition job with a superb strike for Lavery’s second goal three minutes from the end.

Tyrone scorers: PJ Lavery 2-1, P Harte 1-2 (1-0 pen), M Donnelly 1-1, C McGinley 1-0, R O’Neill 0-4 (2f), P McNeice (1f), E McKenna 0-2 each, D McBride, S McGuigan, C Grugan, N Morgan (f) 0-1 each.

Armagh scorers: K Carragher 0-2, T Kernan (f), E Rafferty (f), S Campbell, R Tasker, B Mallon 0-1 each.

TYRONE: N Morgan, A McCrory, R McNamee, B Tierney, C McGinley, P Harte, R McNabb, D McBride, C Grugan, E McKenna, S McGuigan, PJ Lavery, P McNeice, M Donnelly, R O’Neill.

Subs: C Clarke for Tierney (40), P Quinn for Donnelly (49), H Gallagher for McNabb (53), K Campbell for McNamee (56), K Gallagher for McGinley (59), T McCann for Grugan (61)

ARMAGH: P McEvoy, A Mallon, C Vernon, P Hughes, M Shields, S Campbell, C Rafferty, E Rafferty, J Lavery, E McVerry, K Carragher, T Kernan, R Tasker, J Clarke, N McConville.

Subs: K O’Rourke for McVerry (8), B Mallon for McConville (33), J Hanratty for Kernan (40), C MacIomhair for Carragher (47), C McCooey for Hughes (49)

Referee: C Branagan (Down).

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