Wednesday 13 December 2017

Armagh get by Tyrone in Omagh war

MICKEY Harte was adamant that he would continue as manager of Tyrone into 2015 despite their disappointing 0-13 to 0-10 defeat to Armagh in Omagh yesterday.

"There is another year, under my current contract, and I intend to honour that," said Harte after what was a tense affair which started with a 22 man melee.

Mattie Donnelly, Tyrone's centre-back, was dismissed for Mickey Harte's side before half-time in arguably the most crucial moment of the match. Donnelly had already been yellow-carded when he received a black card, and because of this couldn't be replaced.

The Orchard County men had been well in control up to that point, and led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval, with Jamie Clarke, Tony Kernan and Stephen Harald all to the fore.

Indeed, Armagh should have been further ahead at the break but Jamie Clarke missed a brilliant goal chance at the 20-minute mark.

The Red Hands did rally however. Seán Cavanagh (2) and Niall McKenna scored three points without reply upon the resumption to put them in front.

But that lead was soon reeled in and Clarke, Mark Shields and Rory Grugan put Armagh three clear. Tyrone couldn't make any inroads after that and Harte's charges crashed out.

Clare crush poor Carlow

CLARE ruthlessly crushed Carlow by double scores, 4-26 to 2-13, in the All-Ireland SFC Round 2B qualifier at Dr Cullen Park.

The Banner were in control from start to finish and moved in a 0-9 to 0-3 by the end of the first quarter. The home side responded with a goal from Conor Lawlor but it failed to kick start any credible challenge with the game all but ended as a contest by half-time. Shane Brennan and Rory Donnelly both found the net to help the winners to a 2-15 to 1-6 interval advantage. Indeed, it could have been worse for the hosts had Andy O'Brien not saved a 29th minute penalty from Gary Brennan.

Jackies rule in Leinster

DUBLIN'S ladies footballers captured their third TG4 Leinster SFC in-a-row and their sixth in seven seasons when they outclassed Laois 6-21 to 0-4 in yesterday's provincial decider in O'Moore Park.

Lyndsey Davey was top-scorer with 2-3 as the Dubs ran riot with Sinead Aherne slotting five points from play and converting another three deadballs. The goalscoring was completed by Lyndsay Peat (two), Noelle Healy and Carla Rowe.

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