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Mattie Lennon is thrilled that Tyrone are on title charge

By John Campbell

The games are coming thick and fast for Tyrone's hurlers but you won't hear any complaints from manager Mattie Lennon.

They were taken to extra-time by a gritty Fingal side in a throbbing Nicky Rackard Cup quarter-final over the weekend which they just managed to win by 1-21 to 0-20 and next Saturday they will confront Roscommon in an intriguing last four tie.

"It would obviously be beneficial if we were afforded a longer recovery period but we are still in the mix for the trophy and that's the important thing," said Lennon.

Not only did his side march on at Fingal's expense but there was a surprise bonus for Armagh native Lennon with Matthew Mulgrew playing a starring role after spending six weeks in the shadows with a hamstring injury.

Mulgrew pocketed the only goal of the game and contributed five points for good measure with skipper Damien Casey, who racked up 10 points, joining him in a two-man scoring salvo.

With Chris Cross, Gerard Gilmore and Martin Grogan also impressive, Tyrone showed that they possess the necessary cohesion and spirit to go all the way in the competition. Shane O'Brien and John Matthew Sheridan led Fingal's resistance for the most part but lacked support.

The other semi-final will be an all-Ulster affair with Armagh confronting Donegal.

Donegal claimed their slot in the penultimate stage by slaying Monaghan on a 6-12 to 2-13 scoreline on Saturday.

Ronan McDermott was in the vanguard of Donegal's dominance by hitting the Monaghan net four times while Ciaran Matthewson and Sean McVeigh made it the round half-dozen.

Monaghan led by 1-10 to 1-5 at the break but were submerged by Donegal's clinical finishing.

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