A RESOUNDING performance rounded off by a hat-trick of sublime goals saw Tyrone cruise into the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on Saturday thanks to a 3-17 to 0-8 win over Armagh.
It was a performance to savour for the Red Hands which puts them into an intriguing last four clash against Dublin at the end of this month.
Peter Harte’s penalty goal in the first half set them on the road, before David Mulgrew added a brace on the resumption to ensure that the match was over as a contest long before the finish.
Tyrone led by 1-5 to 0-0 at the end of the first quarter and continued to dominate. Well-taken scores from the likes of Mark Bradley, Sean Cavanagh, Declan McClure and Peter Harte saw them enjoy a very commanding 1-8 to 0-4 advantage at half-time.
Armagh simply couldn’t cope with the pace and intensity of the Red Hand team in which Peter Harte, Cathal McCarron Tiernan McCann, Colm Cavanagh and Matthew Donnelly all excelled.
While the pace slackened somewhat on the resumption, there was still no doubting the Tyrone dominance as they snuffed out the threat posed by the Orchard county.
Second half substitute, David Mulgrew, fired in two brilliant goals to ensure that they were never threatened during that second period. The only downsides to the win was an injury for Colm Cavanagh and the dismissal for a second yellow card of defender, Cathal McCarron.
But this was a display that sets Tyrone up perfectly for the All-Ireland semi-final against a Dublin side which romped past Monaghan in the last of the quarter finals.