Tyrone take the Ulster title - now face Kerry in All-Ireland semi-finals

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Darren McCurry and Cathal McShane with the Anglo-Celt Cup

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Tyrone are Ulster champions for the first time since 2017, after a hard-fought 0-16 to 0-15 win over Monaghan at Croke Park.

The Red Hands dominated the first half, and showed their dogged determination after the break, despite a Monaghan purple patch in the third quarter.

The Anglo-Celt Cup returns to the county after a four-year wait, as they progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals against Kerry.

After the high-scoring drama in the semi-finals, the action was initially largely underwhelming. Monaghan opened with a flat display and spent much of the first half just about staying in touch.

Two points from Jack McCarron kept the Farney County in the contest, but they were struggling to break down an impressive defence, with Conor McManus largely subdued. The Tyrone movement and kicking game was causing Seamus McEnaney's charges real headaches, as they stretched ahead as the half wore on.

Despite not being at their best, Tyrone looked to be in cruise control at the break, leading 0-11 to 0-6.

But Monaghan came flying out of the traps in the second half. They scored six of the next seven points, and the Red Hands looked to have no answer as McCarron levelled the contest in the 49th minute.

Brian Dooher and Feargal Logan needed to swing the momentum, and looked to their bench. 2019 All-Star Cathal McShane was introduced, and made an immediate impact with Tyrone's first point in 12 minutes to nudge his side ahead, 0-13 to 0-12 at the water break.

It was then the Farney County who experienced a lull, going 15 minutes without a score. During that time, Peter Harte and Darren McCurry edged Tyrone three points into the lead.

Monaghan did respond with points from Conor Boyle and Kieran Duffy, but a McCurry score from a mark eventually saw them home.

There was a remarkable moment near the end when Rory Beggan - pushing forward - looked set to be caught out as Mattie Donnelly charged towards an unguarded goal but the Monaghan keeper got back to dispossess the Tyrone full-forward.

Kerry await the Ulster champs in the All-Ireland semi-final, on the weekend of 14/15 August when Tyrone will be looking to atone for their 16-point hammering at Fitzgerald Stadium in June. 

Michael McKernan of Tyrone in action against Micheál Bannigan of Monaghan

Tyrone: Niall Morgan; Michael McKernan (0-1), Ronan McNamee, Padraig Hampsey (0-1); Niall Sludden (0-1), Kieran McGeary (0-1), Peter Harte (0-1); Brian Kennedy, Conn Kilpatrick; Conor McKenna, Michael O'Neill, Conor Meyler; Darren McCurry (0-5, 0-2f, 0-1m), Matthew Donnelly (0-3, 0-1f), Mark Bradley (0-2).

Subs: Niall Kelly for Michael O'Neill (18th minute), Cathal McShane (0-1) for Brian Kennedy (46th minute), Darragh Canavan for Conn Kilpatrick (55th minute), Ronan O'Neill for Mark Bradley (66th minute).






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