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Summary

  1. Antrim 2-09 Tyrone 2-23 (full-time)
  2. Tyrone to face Fermanagh or Donegal next

Live Reporting

By John Haughey

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all folks (but we're back tomorrow)

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

    Regrettably, the pre-game suggestions of a mismatch at the Athletic Grounds were well founded.

    The game was already on life support when Tiernan McCann hammered in Tyrone's first goal on 27 minutes but that really did end it as a contest.

    Granted, Antrim kept fighting in the second half as Patrick McCormick and Matthew Fitzpatrick notched goals.

    But would Tyrone's defence have been as slack in the second period if the game still have been on. Doubt it.

    You can read my colleague Cian Murtagh's match report here.

    We're back on text commentary duty for tomorrow's game in Enniskillen between Fermanagh and defending champions Donegal which throws in at 14:00 BST. We'll have live TV and radio coverage as well on what surely will be a more competitive contest.

  2. 'Antrim didn't lie down'

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

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    Video caption: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
  3. 'Antrim made us look vulnerable at times' - Donnelly

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

    Man of the match Richie Donnelly feels Tyrone will have plenty to work on for the Ulster semi-final against Fermanagh or Donegal despite their facile win over the Saffrons.

    "There were times when Antrim made us look vulnerable - especially in the first half when they were catching us out with direct kickouts," says the Trillick man.

    "We've leaked chances against both Derry and Antrim and that's something that wouldn't be good enough against Fermanagh or Donegal."

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    Video caption: The battle for jerseys keeps everyone on their toes - Donnelly
  4. 'We needed to win the game comprehensively' - Harte

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

    Mickey Harte says there was never any question of Tyrone not aiming to put the Saffrons to the sword.

    "We felt like we needed to win the game comprehensively," says Harte.

    "We produced a good performance in the first half. We would be a bit concerned about the two goals we conceded and Antrim also had a couple of other goal opportunities - particularly in the first half.

    "Antrim did put up a good fight and showed they have some good footballers."

  5. Not one to live long in the memory

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

    Cian Murtagh

    BBC Sport NI at the Athletic Grounds

    A game in which neither side has emerged with much credit.

    It will be a long road back to Belfast for Lenny Harbinson and his beleaguered Antrim squad, who struggled to match Tyrone's pace and variety of scorers.

    Tyrone boss Mickey Harte will also have plenty to reflect upon as his defence was exposed on several occasions - and not just for the two Antrim goals.

  6. Full-time

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

    All over in Armagh. In truth, the game was all over well before half-time. Antrim deserve a bit of credit for trying to stick at it in the second half but the truth is that they were totally outclassed. One suspects, the Saffrons would not have got those two goals if the game had still been on as a contest.

  7. Injury halts play

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

    Play was held up for a number of minutes after Antrim substitute Eunan Walsh was involved in a clash of heads. Thankfully the young man is back on his feet as he is helped off the field.

  8. Coney opens his account

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-23

    Sub Kyle Coney becomes Tyrone's 14th scorer today as the game enters injury-time. Surely there will not be much.

  9. Murray again on target

    Antrim 2-9 Tyrone 2-22

    Murray slots another free for his sixth point of the day. Tyrone's Richie Donnelly is named the BBC Championship man of the match. Nearly time up here.

  10. Murray points another Antrim free

    Antrim 2-8 Tyrone 2-22

    To give Antrim credit, they have tried to run at Tyrone in the second half. Granted, the Red Hand urgency has dissipated considerably in the second period. Ryan Murray tags on another Antrim free.

  11. Dagger to the heart for Antrim

    Antrim 2-7 Tyrone 2-22

    Cian Murtagh

    BBC Sport NI at the Athletic Grounds

    The sight of fresh and hungry trio Darren McCurry, Kyle Coney and Connor McAliskey all coming on at the same time must have been a dagger in the heart for Antrim.

    Mickey Harte's decision to withdraw Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly and Cathal McShane might have seemed like charity on any other day but Tyrone have hardly let up.

    The goals by Patrick McCormick and Matthew Fitzpatrick have put some respectability to proceedings but the crowd - such as it is - is starting to filter away. This game has been over for a long time.

  12. McAliskey nets Tyrone's second goal

    Antrim 2-07 Tyrone 2-22

    Tyrone are very lucky not to concede a third goal as McNamee needs to clear off his own line but the Red Hands net at the other end with 20 second as McAliskey fires in from pointblank range after fielding a high ball into the square from Richie Donnelly. McAliskey quickly adds another free for good measure.

  13. Saffrons hit the net again

    Antrim 2-7 Tyrone 1-21

    After Richie Donnelly points another Tyrone score, Antrim notch their second goal since half-time as the impressive Matthew Fitzpatrick fires low past Morgan after being set up by Patrick McBride. Just 11 between the teams. Our TV cameras has just captured a shot of Mickey Harte and he doesn't look impressed. Just over 14 minutes left.

  14. Murray points Antrim free

    Antrim 1-7 Tyrone 1-20

    Ryan Murray hits his fourth point of the day as he slots a free. It's fair to say that Tyrone have lost a bit of their impetus following all the substitutions.

  15. McAliskey opens his account

    Antrim 1-6 Tyrone 1-20

    Substitute McAliskey fires over a fine effort from play. Just over 51 minutes played.

  16. Antrim hit back with a goal

    Antrim 1-6 Tyrone 1-19

    well I never...Antrim have just hit back with a goal as Ricky Johnston's sortie upfield releases Matthew Fitzpatrick, who then passes to corner-back Patrick McCormick whose low shot beats Niall Morgan.

  17. All too easy for Tyrone

    Antrim 0-6 Tyrone 1-18

    My goodness, Ronan McNamee could have lit a cigarette and finished it before kicking that point after the amount of space he was given by the Antrim defence. Totally unchallenged he strides upfield before tapping the ball over the bar almost apologetically.

  18. McShane fires over another free

    Antrim 0-6 Tyrone 1-17

    Cathal McShane fires over his sixth point before he is hauled off along with Mattie Donnelly and Peter Harte. Kyle Coney, Darren McCurry and Connor McAliskey are introduced. Still nearly half an hour left.

  19. Antrim are winning the second half

    Antrim 0-6 Tyrone 1-16

    Folks Antrim are winning the second half. Patrick McBride has just knocked over a free. Tyrone's lead down to 13.

  20. We're back on

    Antrim 0-5 Tyrone 1-16.

    Isn't this exciting? We're back on here. OK maybe not.