NIALL GRIMLEY was Armagh’s super-sub against Tyrone with a last-gasp goal to put Armagh firmly in the driving seat to avoid relegation. An Armagh win next Sunday at home to Derry should secure Division 2 status next year.
Armagh fans went wild as Tony Kernan lobbed a high ball into the square in the 73rd minute and Grimley flicked it past Niall Morgan to equalise with the last play of the game. The same cruel blow Armagh suffered just 1 week earlier had turned its head and ensured jubilant scenes in Omagh.
4,255 supporters braved the conditions and the howling wind, driving rain and treacherous underfoot conditions ensured there was little to choose between the sides. A draw was a fair result and another positive display from the Orchard County.
Next week brings the league campaign to a close with league status up for grabs. Kieran McGeeney and his players will be urging for the Orchard County faithful to come out in huge numbers next Sunday and cheer the lads on to victory.
TYRONE: N Morgan; A McCrory, P Hampsey, C McCarron; N Sludden, R Brennan, T McCann; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; P Harte, R O’Neill (0-5, 3f), R Donnelly (0-2); D McCurry (0-2, 2f), S Cavanagh, C McAliskey (0-3)
Subs: M Bradley (0-1) for Harte (5), B Tierney for Sludden (52), C McCann for McAliskey (57), P McNulty for R Donnelly (62)
ARMAGH: P Morrison; A Mallon, C Vernon, S Heffron; M Shields, S Connell, A Forker (0-1); J McElroy, E Rafferty; R Grugan, M McKenna, C O’Hanlon; C Watters (0-2), S Campbell (0-6, 5f, one ‘45’), G McParland
Subs: T Kernan (0-1) for O’Hanlon (HT), N Grimley (1-0) for Rafferty (58), A Findon for McKenna (65), J Hall for Campbell (69)
REFEREE: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon)