Tyrone have booked their place in the All-Ireland semi-final after accounting for Ulster Champions Monaghan in Croke Park today.
The old dog for the hard road was never as adequate an idiom for the winners, where Sean Cavanagh was yet again sublime. His 4 points in the first half were the catalyst for this win and he was sublime throughout although Dick Clerkin thwarted his performance somewhat once introduced.
This game was not without controversy and a red card for Martin Penrose at the start of the second half following a half time scuffle was followed up with a Monaghan sending off when Kieran Hughes was sent to the line for a second yellow. There were more controversial decisions and a free out awarded by ref Cormac Reilly for a foul on by Tommy Freeman near the end seemed harsh, the Monaghan man was closing in on goal.
Never was an experience as important, Tyrone knew what to do in the closing fifteen minutes and Monaghan never carried the game to the Tyrone men, this game was there for the taking, but confidence let them decline.
Monaghan started brighter and went into a two point lead following a McManus free before Kieran Hughes scored a trademark point off his left from play following a quick delivery. McCurry registered his sides first score with a free, before McManus and Finlay pointed two frees, the latter a difficult effort. Monaghan were looking good early on, the troublesome McManus potent as always. Another McCurry free for fouling off the ball was followed soon after by another Finlay free when his effort hit the post and snuck in. Monaghan were 3 points to the good and looking confident, however from the 15th minute, Tyrone took over.
Mickey Harte’s men went on top at midfield thanks to the man of the match Cavanagh. He was again in fine fettle during the last 20 minutes of first half with no less than 4 points, 3 of them from play, each one of them –majestic. The wet conditions did not help the standard but one would have paid in to see the Moy club man alone. The experience of playing in Croke Park seemed to stand to Tyrone, and the much bigger pitch seemed to fit their pace. Monaghan’s full forward line were outnumbered as Malachy O Rourke opted to pack his defence and play a little more negative than in their Ulster Final performance.
The best score of the game came from Joe McMahon as he pointed from long range to leave it at 9 points to 6. Monaghan came back into the game into the game as we edged for the interval. McManus again on hand as half time scoreboard read 9 points to 7.
There was controversy in the second half when referee Cormac Reilly sent Martin Pemrose to the sideline for his part in a half time scuffle. Gollogly and Clerkin then pointed to draw level. Tyrone however did not let this deter them as they snuck ahead courtesy of a Peter Harte effort. This score was important as they had missed 3 earlier efforts.
Kieran Hughes was then dismissed for the Farney County, which proved to be a cruel blow from which they could not recover. McManus and Donnelly then traded scores. Sub Christopher McGuinness split the posts with his next effort as momentum swayed each way. No team could register a score for 8 more minutes before Monaghan were awarded a free. McManus pointed to Monaghan delight. This, in truth was as good as it got, Tyrone pulled away with some clever play, substitute McNamee after a good ball into the forward line. Tommy Freeman was then adjudged to have fouled, looking harsh in the replay.
It was fitting that Cavanagh sealed the deal with a late free. Tyrone advance, they await the winners of Donegal/Mayo.
Full time score: Tyrone 14 Monaghan 12
Dublin now 6/4 to lift Sam
Tyrone cut into 6/1 following win over Monaghan
Following a five point win over Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final, Boylesports have cut Dublin into 6/4 from 2/1 to land a 24th All-Ireland title.
Ireland’s largest independent bookmaker has also shortened Tyrone into 6/1 from 11/1 following a two point win over Monaghan and they now will face either Mayo or Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports said “Dublin battled well to progress past Cork and are now clear All-Ireland favourites but the semi-final won’t be an easy task against either Kerry or Cavan.”
He added “Tyrone edged out Monaghan in a very competitive quarter final and are now into 6/1 to lift Sam Maguire for the fourth time.”
All Ireland Football 2013