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Tyrone show how to cope with late setbacks against Kerry

Oisin McConville


Tyrone's Darren McCurry. Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

Tyrone's Darren McCurry. Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

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Tyrone's Darren McCurry. Credit: INPHO/Bryan Keane

I have to take my hat off to Tyrone. When it became clear that Healy Park, Omagh was unplayable in the hours leading up to last weekend's Allianz Football League game against Kerry, officials in the Red Hand County did not hang about.

An inspection was undertaken by the referee and the decision made to transfer the game to Edendork. With quite a number of Kerry supporters having stayed overnight in Omagh, this did not seriously discomfit them - in fact, it made their homeward journey that bit shorter.

In an era in which we are seemingly able to send people to the Moon on a regular basis, you would think that county officials elsewhere could still make alternative arrangements at the eleventh hour when a ground is deemed to be unplayable.

It may well be that no ground in a county could be playable but to my mind that is a worst case scenario. Tyrone obviously have every reason to be grateful the match was played as they picked up two points that could prove invaluable, availed of the opportunity to afford game time to Cathal McShane and gained further evidence that Darren McCurry is a finisher par excellence.

I believe that the second half of the Division One fixtures programme will provide further compelling entertainment beginning with next Saturday's game between Dublin and Donegal at Croke Park. It will be interesting to see if new Dubs boss Dessie Farrell turns to even more of his established players for this tie.

Farrell has introduced a lot of new blood over his team's three League games to date but as they focus more strongly on the title, and on remaining unbeaten, I suspect that we might see even more familiar faces in action.

With Dublin, Galway and Tyrone locked on four points at the top and Donegal, Monaghan, Kerry and Mayo all on three points, I think we are in for a fascinating climax.

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