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Tyrone overcome Cavan on way to Division One summit

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Padraig McNulty during Tyrone’s win over Cavan at Healy Park

IT’S official – Tyrone have moved to the top of the Division One leaderboard, even if today’s seven-point victory over Cavan had its uncomfortable moments.

The Red Hands were staring into the possibility of a first league defeat at the interval but produced a much-improved second-half display to run out 0-19 to 1-9 victors and leapfrog Dublin at the summit of Division One.

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Asked if he had mixed emotions about Tyrone’s performance, Mickey Harte was unequivocal in his response.

The Tyrone boss said: “There’s not much mixed in it. I am very happy to be top of the league, that’s the truth of the matter. What more do you want, four games and we are top of the league, you would take that at the start of the season any day.

“I think it is pushing ourselves away from the relegation zone. That’s the first thing you have to do in Division One – stay away from the relegation. Since we are in that position, it’s about how far you can go. It’s one step at a time. If we can add points, the next day we go out we will be a better position.”

The Red Hands were four points down at half-time as a result of Gearoid McKiernan’s late goal but were a different beast entirely in the second-half. Harte was happy with his side’s response.

He said: “We made a few switches, changed a few methods of play and obviously our finishing was better.

“The breeze was significant too and you can’t rule that out. I think we would have been very happy at half time to be only a point down, but four points could have been a dangerous position to be in as Cavan are hard to break down.”

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