THREE second half goals saw Tyrone ruthlessly dismiss the underdogs from Carlow by 3-14 to 1-10 in this All-Ireland Qualifier clash.
The Red Hands were in devastating form as they cast aside pre-match fears of an away ambush. It means that they now go into the hat for the draw for round four on Monday morning.
First Niall Sludden, then Peter Harte from a penatly and finally Ritchie Donnelly hit the net to ensure that there was no need for worry about a shock for Mickey Harte and the players as the cruised to the victory.
But it wasn’t all straightforward, especially during the opening stages when Carlow emerged determined to cause an upset. Paul Broderick led their attacking charge and their highlight came in the 16th minute of the game when Darragh O’Brien goaled for them.
That left the home team enjoying a 1-2 to 0-3 lead, but they didn’t manage to score at all again until the second half. By then, Tyrone had grabbed the initiative and were well on their way to an emphatic win.
The Red Hands led 0-8 to 1-2 at half-time and really turned on the style on the resumption. Points from Connor McAliskey, Peter Harte, Declan McClure and Niall Sludden paved the way for those stand-out goals.