‘Some strange refereeing decisions’, allied to a failure to adapt to the opposition’s second half tactical adjustments contributed to Tyrone’s demise in the All-Ireland semi-final this past summer, the County Secretary states in his annual report to Convention.
The long serving Tyrone officer Dominic McCaughey reflects on the Senior team’s failure to make back to back All-Ireland Finals in his yearly review of the past season and rues how the Kerry game ultimately unfolded.
He informs club delegates in his Report, to be presented at next Tuesday night’s Convention in Garvaghey, that the display of the match official Maurice Deegan didn’t help Tyrone’s cause.
“Playing in their third successive All-Ireland semifinal Tír Eoghain totally dominated the Munster champions in the first half with many excellent personal performances, and held a four-point lead at the interval (0-09 to 0-05).
“On the resumption Ciarraí introduced a couple of substitutes, changed their playing strategy and with the assistance of some very strange refereeing decisions had drawn level by the 56th minute of the game.
“A minute later Tír Eoghain conceded a goal and could not adapt fully to the changed tactics of the opposition; both teams scored a further six points but Tír Eoghain could not create an equalising goal to prevent Ciarraí progressing to the All-Ireland final.”
Despite that loss Mr McCaughey apppluds the ongoing efforts and contribution of manager Mickey Harte and his backroom team.
“Their continued diligent and meticulous work in the preparation of the county’s senior football team, enableas it to maintain its position as one of the top four teams in the country.
“Appreciation is due to each and every member of the management group and the medical team who undertook so much work and committed their time throughout the year in very important roles with Tyrone’s players.”
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