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Harte and Campbell lead way in Ulster romp

Ulster 3-17 Munster 1-15

By Paul Keane

There were a few collectors items to be had at Parnell Park if you made the journey.

There certainly won't be many match programmes knocking around in years to come with just 100 paying in to watch Ulster book their Inter-provincial football final place.

There was also a rare gem of a goal from Derry's Enda Lynn who spied a gap the size of a postage stamp and hit it with a superb finish for Ulster's second goal, effectively sealing the win.

That goal in first-half injury-time was the last act of an unanswered 2-7 scoring burst from Ulster that saw them take a nine-point half-time lead.

Munster did raise a gallop after the break but probably sensed the game was already up after conceding such a huge chunk of scores.

Another little keepsake from the occasion was the inspired performance of Peter Harte.

His 1-8 haul helped secure the final place alongside Connacht and was remarkable for the fact that he barely wasted a single ball all afternoon.

Such economy, allied to his remarkable skill, added up to a match-winning performance and the Tyrone talisman dovetailed superbly with Armagh's Stefan Campbell.

Armagh's Campbell played in Harte for a 53rd minute point that snuffed out Munster's hopes of a revival and he also had a role in the penalty which Ulster won and Harte converted.

"Peter Harte is a very talented footballer," said Ulster manager Pete McGrath. "He sees things other players don't see. At critical times today he popped up with important scores and passes, as did Stefan - some marvelous scores when we really needed them."

The final is expected to be played next weekend and Mattie Donnelly, who missed out through injury, could join fellow Tyrone All-Star Harte in the lineup. Slaughtneil duo Chrissy McKaigue and Brendan Rodgers have expressed an interest in playing if possible too.

On the larger question of when exactly the competition should be played to ensure that a decent crowd gets to watch stellar talents like Harte, McGrath had an idea about that.

"If you played the two semi-finals here (Parnell Park) on a Friday night and the final on the Saturday of All-Ireland final weekend you'd have a ready made audience coming down for the All-Ireland, I think that's a possibility," said the current Fermanagh manager. "But they have to find a regular slot and I think they have to make a serious effort to promote it and encourage it."

Ulster were without Donegal players due to a wedding in the county and, initially, struggled as they fell 0-5 to 0-2 down.

But that 2-7 blast turned the game and Ulster were full value for a 2-9 to 0-6 half-time lead. Jamie Malone pulled back a goal for Munster who briefly trailed by three but Ulster reasserted their authority with a strong finish and Harte's goal.

Ulster: N Morgan (Tyrone); D O'Hagan (Down), K Clarke (Cavan), M Jones (Fermanagh); T McCann (Tyrone), C Moynagh (Cavan), A Breen (Fermanagh) (1-0); E Donnelly (Fermanagh), C Vernon (Armagh); K Niblock (Antrim), P Harte (Tyrone) (1-8, 0-4f, 1-0 pen), E Lynn (Derry) (1-0); S Campbell (Armagh) (0-5), C McAliskey (Tyrone), T Corrigan (Fermanagh) (0-4, 0-2f). Subs: M Bradley (Tyrone) for McAliskey 38, R Johnston (Down) for Lynn 43, N Sludden (Tyrone) for Moynagh 43, T Kernan (Armagh) for Niblock 46, D McCusker (Fermanagh) for McCann 50, G McGovern (Down) for Jones 59, McAliskey for Bradley 60, C Snow (Fermanagh) for Morgan 62.

Munster: E Comerford (Tipperary); K Hartnett (Clare), A Campbell (Tipperary), T O'Gorman (Waterford); I Corbett (Waterford) (0-2), C Dorman (Cork), C O'Driscoll (Cork); G Brennan (Clare) (0-1), A O'Mahony (Kerry); J Malone (Clare) (1-0), P Whyte (Waterford) (0-4, 0-3f), K O'Driscoll (Cork); E Cleary (Clare), T Walsh (Kerry) (0-1), C Sweeney (Tipperary) (0-1, 0-1f). Subs: D Tubridy (Clare) (0-3) for Cleary 20, P Hurney (Waterford) for Sweeney 20, B Fox (Tipperary) (0-1) v K O'Driscoll 28, D Treacy for O'Mahony (black card) 29, R Deane (Cork) (0-1) for Brennan h/t, K Sexton (Clare) (0-1) for Whyte h/t, Brennan for Malone 39, K O'Driscoll for Walsh 44, Sweeney for Hurney 50, M Quinlivan (Tipperary) for Treacy 54, C Hendrick (Tipperary) for Comerford 59.

Referee: A Nolan (Wicklow).

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