Tyrone and Cavan progress to Ulster MFC semi-finals

Patrick McBride and Gerald Smith in action as Cavan beat Antrim
Patrick McBride and Gerald Smith in action as Cavan beat Antrim

Tyrone and Cavan have progressed to a semi-final meeting in the Ulster MFC after securing victories on Sunday.

All-Ireland champions Tyrone booked their place in the last four by beating Monaghan 0-15 to 1-5 at Brewster Park.

The Red Hands led 0-9 to 0-2 at half-time and a second-half goal by Mark McGuirk was not enough for Monaghan.

Cavan defeated Antrim 2-11 to 2-2 at Pairc Esler, Andrew Graham and Kevin Bouchier netting for Cavan and Ryan Murray and Finbar O'Neill for Antrim.

Tyrone scored nine points without reply, including two from blood sub Daniel McNulty, on their way to a seven-point half-time lead.

McGuirk was only on the field for two minutes.

Substitute McGuirk breathed new life into his side with a 1-2 salvo in the opening eight minutes of the second half.

The defending champions regrouped and finished strongly with points from subs Enda McGahan and McNulty.

Cavan led Antrim 2-6 to 0-0 at half-time and the Saffron boys did not register a score until the 11th minute of the second half when Ryan Murray scored a point.

Cavan's goals came in the second and ninth minutes while Antrim found the net in the 23rd and 26th minutes of the second half.

Cavan had Joe Dillon sent-off for a second yellow card offence in the 43rd minute.