Fermanagh 0-04 Tyrone 0-08

Fermanagh went down by four points to Tyrone in a low scoring Dr. McKenna Cup semi-final at Brewster Park today.

An intense first half saw little between the sides but two late scores put Tyrone into a three point half time advantage while Fermanagh were always going to face an uphill struggle when they were reduced to 14 men on the stroke of half time when Kane Connor picked up a second yellow card.

Scoring was at a premium in the second half but Tyrone always looked the likelier winner with Fermanagh finding it difficult to get into good attacking positions and at the end Mickey Harte's side prevailed on a 0-04 to 0-08 scoreline.

Neither side could be faulted for effort or desire in the opening period but Tyrone did look to be that little bit sharper up front as they raced into a 0-03 to 0-00 lead with Declan McClure landing the opening score before Conor McAliskey added a point from a free and a point from play.

in front of a large crowd, Fermanagh though responded well and three points in as many minutes had the sides level after 14 minutes.

Aidan Breen registered Fermanagh's first score of the game and this was followed by a good effort from Barry Mulrone and a Seamie Quigley free.

Darren McCurry replied with a free to nudge the Red Hands back in front and it remained that way up top the half hour mark with both sides guilty of mistakes on a difficult day for football.

However, a McCurry free and a Richard Donnelly point after a patient build up made it 0-06 to 0-03 as half time approached.

And it got worse for Fermanagh as Connor was shown a second yellow on the word of the umpire to leave the home side plenty to do in the second half.

It was the Ernemen who struck first in the second half as Ryan Jones knocked over after good play from the hard working Danny Teague, Conall Jones and Declan McCusker to leave two in it.

Another McCurry free though restored Tyrone's three point advantage in the 41st minute and it was to remain this way for the next 26 minutes.

Although Fermanagh stayed in touch it was increasingly difficult for the 14 men to threaten the Tyrone defence and a Ronan O'Neill score in the 67th minute was to wrap things up as the Red Hands progressed to the final.