Don't mention the word misfortune to Tyrone hurling boss Tony Fawl.
For yesterday’s National League Division Four game against Wicklow he had no fewer than 16 of his regular squad on the injured list and indeed in the hours leading up to the match had feared that he might not have been able to field a team.
With the match transferred to Strabane, a town which rarely hosts inter-county action in any code, Fawl was forced to borrow players from the local Shamrocks club to complete his shadow side for the occasion.
Not surprisingly, they fell to their more enterprising and fitter visitors by 6-18 to 0-3. Tyrone’s league campaign has been bedevilled by mishaps and Fawl finds it difficult to comprehend their protracted run of ill-luck.
“I’m tired of hearing the word misfortune but then, sadly, it is so relevant from our perspective. We had to use untried players against Wicklow and although they gave me 100 percent effort throughout they were clearly up against heavy odds,” said Fawl.