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Tyrone edge Armagh in feisty McKenna Cup final

 

ALL is right with the world – the McKenna Cup resides among the bushes after a frankly agonising 11-month absence.

The Red Hands were appearing in their 10th final in-a-row in Saturday night’s final against Armagh, and they made amends for last February’s defeat to Donegal on a scoreline of 0-16 to 0-14.

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It’s indicative of the lingering mystique surrounding Tyrone-Armagh clashes that 11,318 supporters descended on the Athletic Grounds, and they got their money’s worth as the game provided a plethora of talking points.

11 yellow cards, three reds and a late penalty miss from Rory Grugan just about sums it all up, but it wasn’t an overly spiteful affair either.

Manager Mickey Harte’s main emotion was satisfaction as Tyrone claimed some early-season silverware ahead of Sunday’s league opener against Kerry down in Killarney.

“The fact this is our tenth final appearance in-a-row shows that we take it seriously. We like to use it to blood new players while still being good enough to be competitive.

“I think we’ve balanced that very well and that’s why we’ve been as successful as we have been in the McKenna Cup.

“You might play a final which is one-sided or doesn’t have much intensity, but that certainly wasn’t the case so I don’t think it’ll be as big a step up to theleague as it often would be.”

Pick up tomorrow’s Tyrone Herald for more reaction and a full match report

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