Tyrone can look forward to Ulster summer silver decider
Fermanagh and Tyrone got the Ulster ladies football championship series under way at the weekend with an intermediate semi-final contest that the Red Hands won but the Erne girls still have a chance at reaching the final.
Tyrone's 2-14 to 2-9 triumph at Emyvale means that they can look forward to an Ulster silverware decider in July but Fermanagh now play Down to see who joins Tyrone in the final. That Down-Fermanagh tie is due to take place in late June, with Ulster senior semi-final contests comprising Armagh v Monaghan and Cavan v Donegal to be played before then on June 18.
A solid first half display helped Tyrone establish an interval advantage of 1-9 to 0-5 in Emyvale and they stretched that lead further as the second half unfolded. Fermanagh staged a late rally that yielded 2-2 but Tyrone had enough in reserve to seal their place in the silverware showpiece.
Shannon Quinn and Maeve Mallon gave Tyrone good impetus around the middle of the field, Mallon finding the net as Emma Smyth and company drove over some tidy points during the course of proceedings. Grainne Rafferty arrived on as an interval sub for the injured Neamh Woods and Rafferty contributed 1-2 to the Tyrone cause.
Fermanagh showed resilience to claw back a couple of goals late on but they must now try again against Down as Tyrone move forward to contest the Ulster intermediate double final on the opening weekend of July.