Comfortable win for Tyrone

All-Ireland SFC Ulster final: Monaghan 0-7 Tyrone 1-14

All-Ireland SFC Ulster final: Monaghan 0-7 Tyrone 1-14

Tyrone strolled to a 13th Ulster SFC triumph, retaining the title for the first time since 1996 with a comfortable win over Monaghan.

The Farney men, bidding for a first success since 1988, failed to peform on the day in front of 34,634 fans on their own Clones ground.

Tyrone drew on all their vast experience to seize control of the contest, and long before the end, the game was up for Seamus McEnaney’s men.

Ten different players scored for Mickey Harte’s side, with the Cavanagh bothers leading the way, Sean on three points, and Colm with the only goal of the game in the 65th minute

And goalkeeper Pascal McConnell played his part with two brilliant first half saves from the Freeman brothers.

McConnell made the first of two stunning saves in the fourth minute, keeping out a shot from Tommy Freeman, who took advantage of a rare Justin McMahon lapse to get in behind and unleash a shot.

The sides were level on four occasions in that opening period, before the Red Hands pulled away as the interval approached.

Tommy Freeman and Paul Finlay were on target for the Farney men, with Tommy McGuigan and centre back Conor Gormley responding with Tyrone points.

All of the Red Hands half backs registered in that first half, with Davy Harte and Philip Jordan also venturing forward to score.

It was Jordan who brought the teams level in the 22nd minute at 0-4 each, but the defending champions reeled off three points, through Sean Cavanagh, Kevin Hughes and Harte to go in at the break with a 0-7 to 0-4 advantage.

And in the dying moments of the half, McConnell pulled off as second brilliant save, this time diving full length to keep out a stinging shot from wing back Damien Freeman.

Matin Penrose and Sean Cavanagh stretched the advantage as gaps began to open up in the Farney defence early in the second half.

Monaghan suffered a further blow when full back JP Mone was stretchered off on 45 minutes.

Tyrone used their vast experience to squeeze their opponents out of the game.

Monaghan went 40 minutes without registering a score, until Conor McManus tapped over a 13 metre free in the 59th minute.

But that wasn’t enough to spark a revival. The Red Hands turned the screw and Colm Cavanagh charged through to drill home a brilliant goal.

Tyrone clinically finished the job off with late points from Harte, Penrose and Hughes.

Tyrone: P McConnell, C McCarron, Justin McMahon, R McMenamin, D Harte (0-1), C Gormley (0-1), P Jordan (0-1), C Cavanagh (1-0), K Hughes (0-2), B Dooher (0-1), S Cavanagh (0-3), Joe McMahon (0-1, ’45), M Penrose (0-2, 2f), T McGuigan (0-1), O Mulligan.

Subs: C McCullagh for Mulligan (62), P Harte for McGuigan (62), D Carlin for McCarron (64), B McGuigan for Dooher (68), S O’Neill for D Harte (70)

Monaghan: S Duffy, D McArdle, JP Mone, C Walshe, D Freeman, D Hughes, G McQuaid, D Clerkin (0-1), O Lennon; S Gollogly, P Finlay (0-1), K Hughes, R Woods (0-1), C McManus (0-2, 2f), T Freeman (0-1).

Sub: H McElroy for JP Mone (45), C Hanratty for Gollogly (45), D Mone (0-1) for Finlay (54), M McElroy for Hughes (62), N McAdam for McQuaid (68)

Referee: D Coldrick (Meath).

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