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By Declan Bogue

Published 23/05/2016

Tussle: Cathal McCarron of Tyrone, Niall Toner and Danny Heavron
Tussle: Cathal McCarron of Tyrone, Niall Toner and Danny Heavron

Mickey Harte's Tyrone sent out an emphatic message to the rest of Ulster and possibly Ireland with an emphatic 11-point demolition of Derry to reach their first Ulster senior football Championship semi-final since 2012.

Harte's men have now been installed as evens favourites to win their 14th Ulster title, and their odds to capture Sam Maguire were halved from 12/1 to 6/1.

They scored three first half goals to blitz Damian Barton's hapless Derry, the same amount of goals from play they gathered in seven Championship outings last summer as they reached the All-Ireland semi-final.

Describing the lightning-fast move that produced the first of Ronan O'Neill's two goals, Harte said: "That was classic defensive turnover stuff at its best. When you hold up your position and you force them into an error and seize the opportunity to go at them again. That probably was a good example of how effective it can be when things go right."

Tyrone now meet the winners of next Sunday's quarter-final between Armagh and Cavan.

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