Despite a poor second half display Tyrone edged pass a brave Monaghan side eto advance to the semi-final stages of the Ulster football Championship after a thre point win at a rain soaked Healy Park this afternoon.
In what was a fiercely contested game it was Monaghan who began the brighter but the game swung into life in the 19th minute when some good play from the Tyrone midfield put Brian McGuigan free and he blasted his shot past the Monaghan goalkeeper.
From then on Tyrone were much the better team with Monaghan been very ill disclipined in the first half which although stopped Tyrone building any kind of real momentum it also stopped Monaghan from getting into the game.
Their cause was dealt a further blow when on the half hour mark when their captain Dick Clerkin was send off for a second booking. That sending off was a hammer blow to Monaghan who went in 1-07 to 0-6 at half time.
The second half went much the same way as the first half. Tyrone missed a great chance to put the game beyond doubt when Martin Penrose missed a penalty. Monaghan were thrown a lifeline when Darren Hughes scored from the penalty spot to bring Monaghan within two points of Tyrone.
That would be as close as Monaghan would get though and they were reduced to 13 men when Dessie Mone was sent off on the stroke of full time for a reckless challenge. Tyrone closed the game out to win by two points but will have to improve markedly if they are to have a serious impact in the 2011 Championship