Tyrone legend, Owen Mulligan, has admitted that he was “seething” at his county’s recent performances against Kerry and Mayo in the Allianz Football League.
Mickey Harte’s side lie at the bottom of the Division 1 table having suffered a four-point loss to Kerry in round 1, followed by a dismal 2-13 to 0-10 loss to Mayo last weekend.
Regardless of the result, Paddy Power GAA Ambassador Owen Mulligan admitted he was disgusted at the performance of Tyrone, saying that the opposition made “wee boys” out of the team.
“I watched the game live, and I was seething. I watched the replay, and felt sick. Kerry and Mayo have now catapulted their seasons on the back of victories over Tyrone.
“Teams have been training since November and we look as if we haven’t trained at all.
“Kerry and Mayo have made wee boys out of us, it was hard to watch. We made key mistakes against Kerry and proceeded to do the exact same thing against Mayo. Tyrone getting beat by nine points at home doesn’t happen and it was embarrassing.”
The highlight of the game for Tyrone fans was watching goalkeeper, Niall Morgan, solo up the field to score a point from play. Though Mulligan admired his confidence, he maintained that it was a sorry state of affairs that they were relying on Morgan for scores.
“If the Tyrone team had half the confidence of Niall Morgan has, we’d be in a far better place. Alright, he sends shivers up every Tyrone supporters spine when he comes out sweeping, but look at the direct running he does.
“He penetrates the midfield right into the half-back line and if we didn’t have him at the weekend, it would have been far worse.
“If we are relying on a goalkeeper to come up and score a point, then we are in a bad state of affairs. If our forwards had the confidence he has, we’d be on the pig’s back.”
The pressure is now on Tyrone to secure a result against Roscommon on Sunday in Dr Hyde Park. The Rossies come into the game off the back of a win against Monaghan last weekend.
Despite all eyes being on Tyrone, the All Ireland winner is not worried about the game , given the history between the sides and he insists that this is the ideal game for Harte to get his campaign back on track.
“I’m not one bit worried about a relegation battle. We made wee boys out of Roscommon at Croke Park last year. I know it’s early in the season, but this is the perfect game for Tyrone to get back on track.
“When you look at Kerry and Mayo, they are up there with the favourites to win an All-Ireland. So, we’ve played two of the best teams we can play in the League, with Dublin left to come.
“I still believe Tyrone can do a job on them. I just hope Mickey Harte picks the right team.”