Tyrone stride to easy victory and look forward to next round

Leitrim 0-7 Tyrone 1-22

Leitrim 0-7 Tyrone 1-22

Tyrone cruised by the Shannon, but learned little about their progress as Leitrim capitalated at MacDiarmada Park.

It was all too easy for the Ulster champions as they went on a scoring spree to which the outclassed Connacht side offered only token resistance.

The Carrick-on-Shannon pitch, in fine order after last weekend's waterlogged postponement, saw little in the way of genuine action as the gulf in class was glaringly evident from start to finish.

Now the Red Hands look forward to the televised draw, while for Leitrim, it's going to be a long summer of soul-searching.

With Jarlath Quinn and Colin Holmes bossing the midfield area, it was a procession towards the Leitrim goal throughout the first half.

Brian McGuigan popped up virually everywhere to keep the attack ticking, contributed two superb points and set up countless scoring opportunities.

Peter Canavan was aways a threat, kicking three points, with Stephen O'Neill on target with three frees and a point from play.

Cormac McAnallen justified his conversion to the attack with two well struck scores, and defenders Ryan McMenamin and Cormac McGinley also got on the scoresheet.

James Holohan and Seamus Quinn hit Leirim's scores, the latter bringing a fine save from teenage debutant goalkeeper John Devine, who deflected the veteran's 35-yard screamer over the bar.

Tyrone too had their goal chances, but McAnallen and Canavan both opted for points when they could have hit the net.

Tyrone led comfortably by 0-13 to 0-2 at the break, and substitute goalkeeper Kevin Ludlow twice saved superby from Canavan in the early stages of the second half, but the inevitable goal arrived in the 41st minute, McGuigan netting after a Dooher effort had come back off a post.

And they reeled off another string of points, with substitutes Owen Mulligan, Brian McGuigan and Sean Kavanagh all hitting the target as Tyrone cut swathess through the hard-pressed opposing defence.

Oliver Maguire, Jimmy Guckian and sub Donal Brennan struck late scores for Leitrim, but these consolation strikes mattered little as a confident Tyrone strode to a facile victory.

Tyrone: J Devine, C Gormley, C Lawn, B Robinson, R McMenamin (0-1), C McGinley (0-1), P Jordan, J Quinn, C Holmes, B Dooher, C McAnallen (0-2), G Cavlan (0-2), B McGuigan (1-2), S O'Neill (0-5), P Canavan (0-3). Subs:O Mulligan (0-1) for McGinley, B McGuckin (0-4) for Dooher, S Mulgrew for Canavan, S Kavanagh (0-1) for O'Neill

Leitrim: E Lyons, J McKeown, P McDermott, T Kelleher, S Foley, C Murray, O McGuinness, G McCloskey, S Canning, F McBrien, S Quinn (0-1), P McLoughlin, J Guckian (0-1), O Maguire (0-3), J Holohan (0-1). Subs: E Lee for McLoughlin, K Ludlow for Lyons, M Greene for Foley, D Brennan (0-1) for McCloskey, G Foley for McGuinness

Referee: E Whelan (Laois)

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