Tyrone Vs Armagh – 2014 Ulster GAA Dr McKenna Cup, Round 3

Tyrone staged a fantastic display of football on Wednesday night in the third round of the Dr. McKenna Cup with a massive 24 point win over Armagh, a result which left them comfortably at the top of the group and into the semi finals this weekend.

Armagh popped over a couple of early points which was then equalled by Tyrone’s Ronan O’Neill. Ciaran McGinley then burst through the Armagh defence and put the ball into the back of the net with a fantastic solo goal. Another wonder goal followed soon after, this time from Mattie Donnelly who weaved his way around the inside of the Armagh back line and finished from close range. Paddy McNiece, Niall Morgan and Conan Grugan added further points in the first half to leave Tyrone with a comfortable 2-10 to 0-04 lead.

Tyrone began where they left off in the second half with an early goal from PJ Lavery. Mattie Donnelly was pushed inside the square as he ran in for a goal minutes later and Peter Harte converted the penalty. Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, Aidan McCrory kept Jamie Clarke quiet but he could have had a goal too if it wasn’t for a great save from Morgan. More points followed as the game ended as a contest and just before full time, PJ Lavery added a remarkable fifth goal to leave it a night to forget for Armagh.

Full time score; Tyrone 5-16 Armagh 0-07.

This obviously was a great result but the Red Hands will have to regroup and refocus for Sunday as Derry travel to Omagh looking for a place in the 2014 Dr McKenna Cup final.

Raring to go..... Tyrone captain on Wednesday night, Mattie Donnelly, makes his way out of the changing rooms and down the tunnel onto Healy Park.

Raring to go….. Tyrone captain on Wednesday night, Mattie Donnelly, makes his way out of the changing rooms and down the tunnel onto Healy Park.

 

Conan Grugan pictured in the team huddle before the throw in.

Conan Grugan pictured in the team huddle before the throw in.

 

Armagh's James Lavery takes the ball away from Paddy McNiece.

Armagh’s James Lavery takes the ball away from Paddy McNiece.

 

Paddy McNiece pushes away from Charlie Vernon.

Mattie Donnelly pushes away from Charlie Vernon.

 

Tyrone's Ciaran McGinley.

Tyrone’s Ciaran McGinley.

 

Mattie Donnelly on the attack.

Mattie Donnelly on the attack.

 

Ciaran Mc Ginley loses the Armagh defenders.

Ciaran Mc Ginley loses the Armagh defenders.

 

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Ciaran McGinley celebrates Tyrone's first goal.

Ciaran McGinley celebrates Tyrone’s first goal.

 

Shay McGuigan takes a shot from distance.

Shay McGuigan takes a shot from distance.

 

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PJ Lavery stays ahead of his marker.

PJ Lavery stays ahead of his marker.

 

Armagh's Tony Kernan collects the ball.

Armagh’s Tony Kernan collects the ball.

 

Ronan O'Neill hand passes the ball into the square.

Ronan O’Neill hand passes the ball into the square.

 

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Mattie Donnelly wins the battle against Armagh's Charlie Vernon.

Mattie Donnelly wins the battle against Armagh’s Charlie Vernon.

 

Conan Grugan breaks the ball in midfield.

Conan Grugan breaks the ball in midfield.

 

Strabane's Danny McBride.

Strabane’s Danny McBride.

 

PJ Lavery leans back and shoots for a point.

PJ Lavery leans back and shoots for a point.

 

Ronan O'Neill narrowly misses a goal.

Ronan O’Neill narrowly misses a goal.

 

Mattie Donnelly gave a man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday night.

Mattie Donnelly gave a man-of-the-match performance on Wednesday night.

 

Danny McBride in action for Tyrone.

Danny McBride in action for Tyrone.

 

Niall Morgan was back on 45 duty on Wednesday night.

Niall Morgan was back on 45 duty on Wednesday night.

 

Ronan McNabb started in the half back line for Tyrone.

Ronan McNabb started in the half back line for Tyrone.

 

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Conan Grugan looks for support.

Conan Grugan looks for support.

 

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Ronan O'Neill gets tackled by Armagh's Mark Shields.

Ronan O’Neill gets tackled by Armagh’s Mark Shields.

 

Conor Clarke chases down Robbie Tasker.

Conor Clarke chases down Robbie Tasker.

 

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