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Classy Carvill carves up Tyrone

Tyrone 1-14 Armagh 2-25

By Kevin Kelly

Armagh are through to their third Nicky Rackard Cup final in a row after they justified their favourites tag with an impressive victory over neighbours Tyrone at Carrickmore.

The Orchard men were always in control of were well on their way to victory after only a quarter of an hour as they had 1-8 on the scoreboard with their opponents still to register.

Gradually Tyrone did come into the game but that 11 point gap still separated the two sides at the interval and there was no way back for the hosts. The winners hurled with the greater intensity throughout with Paul Gaffney, Nathan Curry, Ryan Gaffney, Artie McGuinness and David Carvill all to the fore in a superb all round team performance, the latter finishing with a hugely impressive 1-11 to his name.

Tyrone were staring down the barrel of an embarrassing defeat before they finally opened their account in the 16th minute with a fine effort from out on the left wing from Conor Grogan.

Damian Casey then converted a couple of frees for Tyrone but Armagh remained in the ascendency with Conor Corvan, Danny Magee and Curry all scoring, the latter hitting an outstanding free from 70 metres out.

Leading 1-13 to 0-5 at the break, Armagh wasted no time in adding to that advantage, keeping the scoreboard ticking over with eye catching scores from Carvill, Curry and Ryan Gaffney extending the lead.

In the 46th minute Tyrone's Bryan McGurk cut in from the right wing to unleash an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net.

Tyrone kept plugging away with Casey taking his personal haul to 0-10 but Armagh closed the game out with points from Ryan Gaffney, Dean Gaffney and Carvill, the Red Hands finishing with 14 men after Stephen Donnelly collected a second booking.

Tyrone scorers: C Grogan (0-1), D Casey (0-10), B McGurk (1-2). Subs: R McKernan (0-1)

Armagh: F Bradley (0-1), N Curry (1-4), D Carvill (1-11), D McKenna (0-1), C Corvan (0-3), R Gaffney (0-3), D Magee (0-1). Subs: D Gaffney (0-1)

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