ACTION in the Super Eights beckons for Tyrone after they confidently swept aside the challenge of Cork in round four of the All-Ireland Qualifiers with a 3-20 to 0-13 victory.
There was no stopping the Red Hands as they booked their place in the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Now they are getting set for a three-game saga which begins next weekend against Roscommon and then continues with big matches against All-Ireland Champions, Dublin and then Donegal.
First up are Roscommon next Saturday in Croke Park at 5pm. Then it will be the Dubs in Healy Park on the following weekend before the trio of high profile games climaxes with what could be a decisive clash against Donegal in Ballybofey.
But they will be content with this overwhelming 16 point victory over the Rebels at Portlaoise. Second half goals from Connor McAliskey, Ronan O’Neill and Mark Bradley set the seal on a win that had been secured long before the finish.
Tyrone always looked like winners in this one and served notice of their intentions right from the start. Niall Sludden, Colm Cavanagh, Connor McAliskey and Peter Harte all got on the scoresheet as Frank Burns, Conor Meyler and Tiarnan McCann also impressed in perfect conditions.
They were in front by double-scores, 0-10 to 0-5, on a blistering hot evening at O’Moore Park and maintained the momentum in even more emphatic fashion on the resumption as well.
As Cork struggled to make any impact, it wasn’t long before the floodgates opened and Tyrone snatched their opening goal. Connor McAliskey finished off a fine movement to leave them 1-13 to 0-6 ahead and from then to the finish it was a stroll in the park.
Cathal McShane and Frank Burns added further scores before substitute, Ronan O’Neill, grabbed goal number two entering the final quarter.
The win was completed approaching the end of normal time when Mark Bradley slotted home the third to finish things off in style on a final score of 3-20 to 0-13.
It’s a result which means that Tyrone have now progressed to the super-eights and are guaranteed three more championship matches.