Second half charge sees Tyrone through

Tyrone 2-14 Monaghan 1-7

Tyrone 2-14 Monaghan 1-7

Monaghan's adventure is finally over, but not before they gave Tyrone a mighty fright.

The Farney men led by six points at one stage, but finally succumbed to the Red Hands' power and experience.

Now Tyrone are preparing to meet the Dubs, but by their own admission, they will have to improve for next weekend's quarter-final clash.

Stephen O'Neill hit 2-6 to cap a superb personal performance, and Sean Cavanagh returned to his brilliant best with a storming second half performance from midfield

Monaghan stunned Tyrone with a ferocious opening which saw them run fearlessly at the Red Hand defence, early points from Rory Woods and Hugh McElroy settling the nerves and giving them confidence.

By the 12th minute they were 0-4 to 0-1 ahead, Tommy Freeman having added a super point, and Croke Park went wild two minutes later when Freeman cut in front the right to fire in a glorious goal.

When Paul Finlay landed his second free of the contest, Seamus McEnaney's men led by 1-5 to 0-2, and this was a sensation in the making.

But Tyrone recovered from their early nerves, and gradually clawed their way back.

Two Stephen O'Neill points and an Owen Mulligan free narrowed the gap, and on the half hour, Mulligan sent O'Neill in for a well taken goal to level the game.

It was Monaghan, however, who eased ahead again through McElroy to lead by 1-6 to 1-5 at the break.

Tyrone introduced Peter Canavan at half-time, but it was O'Neill and Ryan Mellon who got them in front, Canavan denied a goal by the alert reflexes of Shane Duffy.

A Canavan free made it 1-9 to 1-7 at the end of the third quarter, and Monaghan hopes suffered a setback wen skipper Damien Freemann picked up a second yellow card with 10 minutes to play.

It was one-way traffic, and a personal triumph for O'Neill, who brought his tally to 2-6 when he palmed home Brian McGuigan's cross in the 65th minute.

Tyrone: P McConnell, J McMahon, C Lawn, S Sweeney, D Harte (0-1), G Devlin, P Jordan, C Gormley (0-1), S Cavanagh (0-1), B Dooher, B McGuigan, O Mulligan, R Mellon (0-1), S O'Neill (2-6, 5 frees), E McGinley.

Subs: P Canavan (0-2, 1 free) for Sweeney, M Penrose (0-1) for Mulligan, B Meenan for Mellon

Monaghan: S Duffy, D McArdle, J Coyle, C Flanagan, D Freeman, V Corey, G McQuaid, D Clerkin, E Lennon, J McElroy, P Finlay (0-2, 2 frees), R Woods (0-1), T Freeman (1-1), H McElroy (0-3, 3 frees), S Gollogly.

Subs: F Duffy for Gollogly, N Corrigan for J McElroy, D McKernan for Woods, J Conlon for Clerkin.

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