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Summary

  1. Tyrone retain title after 2-17 to 0-15 win
  2. Sub Ronan O'Neill hits two second-half goals
  3. Tyrone qualify for All-Ireland quarter-finals
  4. Down to face Armagh or Monaghan in last 12
  5. Derry beat Cavan 1-22 to 2-12 in minor final

Live Reporting

By John Haughey and Dan Duffy

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

So the Ulster Football Final went to the form book as Tyrone clinched an, in the end, comfortable 2-17 to 0-15 win over Down and you can read the match report here.

The Mourne County will look back on the glorious goal chance missed by Darragh O'Hanlon just before half-time. Had O'Hanlon taken the pointblank opportunity Down would have been two ahead.

But the chance was blazed wide and within 15 minutes of the resumption, Tyrone were nine ahead - even before Ronan O'Neill's late goal heroics.

The victory means Tyrone will be back in Croke Park again in August and looking to go a lot further than last year when they were ambushed by Mayo.

Down, meanwhile, will have to beat either Monaghan or Armagh for the second time this summer to reach the last eight.

All that remains for us to do is to thank all of you for your many contributions to the Ulster Championship text commentaries.

From our perspective, it's been a blast and we hope we've given you a few laughs along the way in addition to the serious business of documenting the winners and the losers.

Best wishes to all of you.

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Burns takes positives despite Down defeat

Down manager Eamonn Burns says his team can still take a lot of positives from their Ulster Championship campaign despite the 2-17 to 0-15 defeat by holders Tyrone in Sunday's final.

"I thought we played well for long periods but that Tyrone's experience got them over the line.

"I was pleased with the way we kept battling to the end. We didn't give up after Tyrone got the two goals."

Asked about the controversial black carding of Kevin McKernan, Burns said that he hadn't seen the incident and hadn't yet spoken to the player about it.

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Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

Kevin McKernan's black carding was a terrible decision by Joe McQuillan. I think the linesman drew the referee's attention to it but I felt there was absolutely nothing in that.

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Martin Clarke

BBC Sport NI pundit

Down were just totally outclassed by Tyrone today and it's going to be a difficult 13 days for Down getting ready to prepare to face a team (either Monaghan or Armagh) who they have already beaten this summer.

Harte felt Down would tire in second half

Mickey Harte looks delighted after his team's latest Ulster Championship triumph.

"I felt we didn't do ourselves justice in the first half in terms of the scoreboard.

"But that point by us just before the end of the first half was important as it gave us a two-point lead.

"I felt Down put in a huge effort in the first half and that we would have more energy in the second half."

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Full-time: Tyrone 2-17 0-15 Down

O'Hanlon kicks another Down free but it's Tyrone's day as Joe McQuillan blows up for full-time.

Ronan O'Neill celebrates one of his two Tyrone goals
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Substitute Ronan O'Neill's two second-half goals put the gloss on Tyrone's comfortable win

Tyrone 2-17 0-14 Down

Darragh O'Hanlon and Joe Murphy kick Down points either side of a Mattie Donnelly score. Another Tyrone sub Lee Brennan fires over another Tyrone point four minutes into injury-time before David McKibbin replies for the Mourne County.

Red card

After Poland is taken off, McCarron is handed a red card. Totally unnecessary from the defender. Mickey Harte unlikely to be amused.

Handbags at Clones

A bit of a dust-up near the end as Mark Poland has blood streaming from a head wound after being accidentally caught by Colm Cavanagh's knee. Cathal McCarron is the main actor in the silly afters that develop.

GOAL: Tyrone 2-15 0-10 Down

Oh that's a cheeky but delightful finish by Ronan O'Neill for his second goal as he lofts over Michael Cunningham after a delicious pass. O'Neill certainly pressing his claims for a starting role. Five minutes left.

Down fans heading towards the exits

It's all gone a bit quiet at Clones and some Down fans are heading towards the exits.

Tyrone 1-15 0-10 Down

Darragh O'Hanlon kicks a Down free and Caolan Mooney points from play to edge the Mourne County's tally towards respectability. They are into double figures anyhow.

Enda McGinley

Three-times All-Ireland winner

It feels like game set and match at the minute. Tyrone have really stepped it up this second half and completely shut Down out of their own attack.

Tyrone 1-15 0-08 Down

Down keeper Michael Cunningham kicks a free from distance and then makes a brilliant save to tip a pointblank Padraig Hampsey goal chance over the crossbar for a point. Just over 10 minutes left.

GOAL: Tyrone 1-14 0-07 Down

The goal has come but it is at the other end as Tyrone sub Ronan O'Neill blasts to the net from close range after good work by Declan McClure. Game over folks.

Tyrone 0-14 0-07 Down

Caolan Mooney and Ryan Johnston end Down's second-half scoring drought with a couple of points from play in quick succession. But only a goal is going to worry Tyrone now.

Tyrone 0-14 0-05 Down

For good measure, the second of the McCann brothers Tiernan kicks another Tyrone point. It could be a long 20 minutes for Down as this game draws towards a conclusion.

Tyrone 0-13 0-05 Down

Mark Bradley and Conall McCann float over points from distance to increase Tyrone's lead to eight. Down have hit three bad wides so far in this half so they are not being totally outplayed but Tyrone are in firm control here.

Tyrone snuffing out Down's rare attacks

Jerome Johnston has the ball inside Tyrone's 21 but he is just engulfed by three Tyrone defenders and the danger is snuffed out. A good example of Tyrone's famed swarm defence there.

Jerome Johnston with Conall McCann and Tiernan McCann
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Down's Jerome Johnston is challenged by Tyrone duo Conall McCann and Tiernan McCann

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Damian Murray: Dont write Down off just yet.

Desmond Devlin: Come on Down.

Niall Cowan: Game needs a goal.

Tyrone 0-11 0-05 Down

Peter Turley is yellow carded for a foul on his own 21-metre line and Peter Harte punished the indiscretion with another free. Tyrone looking as though they might run away with this now. Down badly need that goal that Martin McHugh was talking about.

McKernan black carded for Down

Down suffer what looks to be a huge blow as Kevin McKernan is black carded on 41 minutes. It appears to be for an off-the-ball challenge on Sean Cavanagh. Seems to have been picked up by a linesman. In fairness, McKernan has not made his normal impression in this contest.

Tyrone 0-10 0-05 Down

Tyrone now five ahead three minutes into the second half as Sean Cavanagh strokes over a free won by a Peter Harte run and Mark Bradley fires over another.

We're back on at Clones

Tyrone 0-08 0-05 Down

The action resumes at Tiernach's Park and David Mulgrew slots an immediate Tyrone score. Had a possible sight of a goal there but opted to tap over from 20 metres.

Martin McHugh

BBC Sport NI pundit

Down are going to need at least one or maybe two goals to win this game

Enda McGinley

Three-times All-Ireland winner

The defence is still doing relatively well and holding Down at bay. Tyrone are lacking a bit of fluidity but they do have a brilliant bench and we'll see Mickey Harte use that.

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI pundit

Mickey Harte will be absolutely furious with his team over the amount of silly mistakes they are making. They have aimlessly kicked the ball away on several occasions and taken wrong options.

Martin Clarke

BBC Sport NI pundit

Ronan McNamee is doing a tremendous job on Connaire Harrison but Down are well in this game.

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Half-time: Tyrone 0-07 0-05 Down

Mattie Donnelly fists over a Tyrone point just before the half-time whistle is blown by Joe McQuillan after 40 minutes.

Jerome Johnston and Cathal McCarron
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Jerome Johnston battles with Cathal McCarron at Clones

Tyrone's McGeary black carded

It's all getting a little frantic in first-half injury time as Tyrone's Kieran McGeary is black carded for a pull down on Jerome Johnston. Looked clumsy more than anything so perhaps a little harsh.

Down waste glorious goal chance

Tyrone 0-06 0-05 Down

Oh my goodness, Darragh O'Hanlon has blazed wide a glorious goal chance for Down. The chance came after an O'Hanlon shot came back off an upright. Jerome Johnston's little inside pass then found a charging O'Hanlon but he blazes with with only Niall Morgan to beat. The Tyrone keeper gives O'Hanlon an earful as well after his miss. Unnecessary stuff.

Enda McGinley

Three-times All-Ireland winner

From a Tyrone point of view I'd be disappointed in terms of our attack. They were never going to be at the same standard as the Donegal game but some of the shots have been poor.

Tyrone 0-06 0-05 Down

But Down are not wilting here despite Tyrone looking clearly the better side. Conor Maginn floats over a magnificent score with his left peg. The minimum between the sides now.

Martin McHugh

BBC Sport NI pundit

Down's tactic of just kicking high balls into Connaire Harrison is just not working. I keep saying it but Down have got to get Kevin McKernan on the ball more.

Tyrone 0-06 0-04 Down

Darragh O'Hanlon cuts Tyrone's lead with a free on the 21-metre line. Down will be happy enough that they are only two behind at this stage. Tyrone are looking the slicker team but the Mourne men are still very much in touch.