Longford 0-15 1-17 Tyrone

Mark Donnelly
Mark Donnelly celebrates his Tyrone goal at Pearse Park

Tyrone survived a tough test against Longford to book their place in round three of the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Peter Harte hit seven points while Mark Donnelly notched a crucial 1-3 while Kyle Coney also impressed.

Longford led 0-6 to 0-4 and the Red Hands did well to trail by only a point after an entertaining first half.

However, Tyrone hit 1-3 without reply after the break to take control and despite four Francis McGee points, Longford could not get on terms again.

The big surprise before the game was the five changes to the Tyrone team announced on Thursday evening.

Youngster Kyle Coney replaced injured Stephen O'Neill with Brian Dooher, Kevin Hughes, Martin Swift and Davy Harte also dropping out.

Aidan Cassidy, Justin McMahon, Dermot Carlin and Colm Cavanagh were also drafted into the starting line-up.

Veteran Dooher was introduced in the second half while Harte said that a couple of the changes were enforced because of knocks.

Peter Harte responded to criticism of his display in the defeat by Donegal by producing an excellent performance while goalscorer Donnelly was also hugely impressive.

Coney opened the scoring but it was a tight first half with the Tyrone defence under severe pressure at times.

Brian Kavanagh caused Joe McMahon a lot of trouble while Paul Barden and David Barden were also doing well in the middle third of the field for Longford.

But Harte's three first-half points helped keep Tyrone in touch as they were never more than two adrift and then trailed by the minimum at the break.

The key period of the game came straight after the restart as Tyrone's unanswered 1-3 put them in control.

Donnelly's goal came after a glorious sweeping move involving Philip Jordan, Harte and Martin Penrose.

Five points in arrears, Longford would have been forgiven for capitulating at that stage but they regrouped to trail by only three - helped by four McGee points.

There was still only a kick of the ball between the sides as the match entered injury-time but Harte and Tommy McGuigan added late Tyrone points to give the Red Hands a somewhat flattering five-point winning margin.

All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Down 1-16 1-8 Leitrim

Antrim 1-13 2-9 Carlow

Limerick 3-13 0-15 Offaly

Longford 0-15 1-17 Tyrone

Armagh 0-19 2-13 Wicklow (aet)

Meath 0-11 0-10 Galway

Laois 0-10 3-16 Kildare

London 0-13 1-17 Waterford

All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers

Cork 1-14 2-23 Galway

Antrim 0-12 3-22 Limerick

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