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Peter Canavan explains why Tyrone’s Derry humiliation was ‘coming’

Peter Canavan

Tyrone endured a dismal day at the office.

Former All-Ireland winner Peter Canavan has explained why he thinks Tyrone’s dismal defeat at home to Derry was ‘coming’, as Rory Gallagher’s side dismantled their Ulster rivals in Omagh.

Prior to their quarter-final loss, Tyrone limped over the finish line against Fermanagh, with the Erne County missing a plethora of goal chances against the reigning All-Ireland champions.

Against Derry though, they were duly punished for another limp display against their bitter rivals.

“Tyrone should have seen this performance coming..”

Writing in his Sky Sports column, Canavan explained why he was not surprised by Tyrone’s heavy loss, insisting that the warning signs were there for Brian Dooher and Feargal Logan’s side.

“Tyrone should have seen this performance coming, because it was a replica of their first-half display against Fermanagh in the preliminary round,” Canavan wrote.

“The Erne County missed goal opportunities that evening, and should have been three or four up by half-time.

“That night in Brewster Park, Conor Meyler got a goal chance and he put it away. When he got an opportunity against Derry, it was well-saved by the goalkeeper.

“Rory Gallagher mentioned in his post-match interview that Tyrone’s display against Fermanagh gave Derry hope. And they certainly capitalised.”

“Rarely do you see All-Ireland champions not only beaten, but absolutely annihilated..”

Canavan was the only to hit out at Tyrone’s performance, with RTE analyst Colm O’Rourke expressing his disappointment with what he saw.

“Rarely do you see All-Ireland champions not only beaten, but absolutely annihilated,” he began. “Derry murdered Tyrone all over the pitch. Credit must go to Mr. Gallagher, who I was speaking about earlier. What he has now is a team of great pace and physical power.

“They have a lot of skill, and if you look at the best players on the field, they were all on the Derry side.

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“The other side of it was that Tyrone were very disappointing, and did not play with any passion. There was no power, and no pace. There was no energy, and it was very unlike Tyrone.

“I can not recall a Tyrone team in the last 20 years who lay down so easily..”

Tyrone’s next outing will see them head into the qualifiers, with their defence of Sam Maguire looking in real peril. Derry, however, take on Monaghan in the Ulster Championship semi-final next up.

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