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Sunday, 26 May, 2002, 17:13 GMT 18:13 UK
Armagh defeat champions
Armagh replacement Barry Duffy shots past Peter Ward
Barry Duffy (17) slots home Armagh's second goal
Armagh 2-13 0-16 Tyrone

A goal either side of the interval saw Armagh dismiss Ulster Championship holders Tyrone at Clones on Sunday.

In a see-saw match which had plenty of excitement, goals by John McEntee and substitute Barry Duffy were the core of the Orchard County success.

It was revenge for last season's Ulster Championship first round by the Red Hand county who went into battle without inspirational skipper Peter Canavan.

Canavan was left on the bench after a leg injury picked up last week was slow to heal.

Armagh manager Joe Kernan
An animated Joe Kernan asks Armagh for width

But the new National League champions had to play second fiddle in the end to Joe Kernan's side who many believed had missed their chance following last week's draw.

But it was an encounter that saw both teams take turns to dominate for long periods, before Armagh stole away with Duffy's 65th minute strike.

Armagh had their heroes with Oisin McConville really finding his feet in the second period, while Steve McDonnell also performed with great credit.

Tyrone relied mainly on the accuracy of Stephen O'Neill who picked up seven points, with Cormac McAnallen, Kevin Hughes, and Sean Cavanagh all scoring two each.

But any time Tyrone got ahead, back came Armagh.

Paddy McKeever was their top scorer with five points, while McDonnell grabbed three and McConville two as their shots counted.

Brian Dooher (with ball) and Paul McGrane in action
Brian Dooher and Paul McGrane in action

Armagh started off like wildcats, going three points ahead in as many minutes.

Then it was Tyrone to take command as they rushed to a 0-4 to 0-6 lead after 16 minutes.

Armagh then came back in the run-up to the break with that great McEntee strike to go in at the interval 1-8 to 0-6 ahead.

Tyrone came out for the second half the stronger and applied more pressure on the 2000 and 2001 champions.

They crept back into the game midway through the half to cut the leeway by a point.

But Tyrone could not bury Armagh, and that second goal finally sunk the champions.

Armagh now face Fermanagh in the next round while Tyrone will await their fate for the All-Ireland Qualifying competition.

Armagh: B Tierney; E McNulty, J McNulty, F Bellew, A O'Rourke, K McGeeney, A McCann, J Toal, P McGrane, P McKeever (0-5), J McEntee (1-1), O McConville (0-2), S McDonnell (0-3), R Clarke (0-1), D Marsden (0-1). Substitutes: B Duffy (1-0).

Tyrone: P Ward; C Gormley, C Lawn, B Robinson; R McMenamin (0-1), S Teague, C Gourley; C McAnallen (0-2), C Holmes; B Dooher, S Cavanagh (0-2), S O'Neill (0-7), G Cavlan; K Hughes (0-2), R Thornton. Substitutes: B McGuigan (0-1), B McCrossan (0-1)

Referee: Brian White.

Leinster SH Championship:
Meath 2-12 1-24 Dublin

Leinster SF Championship:
Offaly 0-13 2-06 Laois
Kildare 0-12 0-11 Louth

Ulster SF Championship:
Armagh 2-13 0-16 Tyrone
Donegal P-P Down

Minor Championship:
Armagh 1-8 2-12 Tyrone

Connacht SF Championship:
London 0-10 0-15 Leitrim

Munster SF Championship:
Cork 1-15 1-16 Waterford

Armagh's right-half forward Paddy McKeever
"It was a good day at the office for me"
Armagh manager Joe Kernan
"It was a great team performance"
Tyrone's Cormac McAnallen
''Armagh didn't make the same mistake this time''
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