Dr McKenna Cup: Tyrone beat Antrim to book semi-final spot
Tyrone beat Antrim 1-11 to 0-7 at Clones to book a Dr McKenna Cup semi-final place against big rivals Armagh.
Two points from Sean Cavanagh helped the Red Hands to a 0-7 to 0-4 half-time lead and Kyle Coney then found the net three minutes after half-time.
Man-of-the-match Cavanagh's long-range effort came off the bar and fell into the path of Coney, who slotted home.
The result made it three Section C wins out of three for Tyrone, who remain on course for a fourth successive triumph.
The rearranged game was moved from Healy Park to Clones because of the adverse weather conditions and Mickey Harte made nine changes to the side which defeated St Mary's 1-12 to 0-3 at Healy Park in Tyrone's previous match.
Having seen off Armagh in their opener, the holders just needed to avoid defeat to make the last four of the pre-season competition.
Sean McVeigh registered the first score of the game for Antrim but goalkeeper Niall Morgan replied with a 45 metre free in the 10th minute.
|Dr McKenna Cup Section C|
|Armagh 1-10 1-12 Tyrone||Sunday 4 January|
|Antrim 1-7 0-9 St Mary's||Sunday 4 January|
|Antrim 1-4 2-11 Armagh||Sunday 11 January|
|Tyrone 1-12 0-3 St Mary's||Sunday 11 January|
|Armagh 2-11 0-14 St Mary's||Wednesday 14 January|
|Tyrone 1-11 0-7 Antrim||Sunday 18 January|
CJ McGourty restored the Saffrons' advantage with a free but Plunkett Kane, Coney and Darren McCurry pointed for Tyrone to nudge their side two points ahead.
Antrim played defensively with a sweeper and two points from Owen Gallagher, both from play, kept them in touch.
The final two scores of the half fell to Conor McAliskey and Cavanagh, but Tyrone's lead should have been greater as they failed to convert three good goal opportunities.
Chris Kerr saved at the feet of Coney and made a fingertip save to deny Cavanagh, while McAliskey blazed over the bar from 10m with just Kerr to beat.
Coney's goal was the defining moment of the match, although Michael Pollock and Colm Fleming went close to finding the net for Frank Fitzsimons's side.
Cavanagh took his overall tally to four points, with McCurry also prolific, while Antrim were restricted to just three second-half points, the pick of which came from McGourty and Pollock.
Tyrone's semi-final against the Orchard county will be played at the Athletic Grounds on Wednesday 21 January at 20:00 GMT.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte: "It's good to be in a McKenna Cup semi-final, although I'm disappointed that we created half a dozen goal chances and only managed to convert one.
"It's not ideal to potentially have three matches within a week but at this time of the year we welcome the competition and expect another tough encounter against Armagh, irrespective of the venue. Let's hope for another big crowd."