TYRONE will have an opportunity to collect their 11th Dr McKenna Cup in just 16 years following today’s 0-14 to 1-8 win over Derry at the Athletic Grounds.
Standing in their way is an Armagh side who defeated Donegal by a point in the other semi-final with a coin toss expected today to determine the venue for Saturday night’s encounter.
Tyrone’s participation in the final looked unlikely after 30 minutes. They trailed 0-6 to 0-3 and lethargy dominated their play.
They did finish the first half strongly though and points from Ronan O’Neill (mark), Ruairi Sludden (free) and Conal McCann ensured that the sides were level 0-6 to 0-6 at the break.
Manager Mickey Harte introduced Liam Rafferty, Darragh Canavan and Peter Harte at the interval and the latter two had a real impact on their attacking play.
Canavan opened the second-half scoring with a point straight out of his father’s Peter playbook as he somehow escaped a three-man trap to point and when Peter Harte set up Kyle Coney to fist over, Tyrone were starting to look sharp.
They were then rocked by a controversial Patrick Coney goal to leave it 1-7 to 0-8 in Derry’s favour.
However, the Oakleafers would only manage another point with Peter Harte giving an exhibition in free-taking in a difficult breeze to set up a date with the Orchard county.