Tyrone overcame Tipperary in a fiery encounter on Saturday
Mickey Harte’s side beat Tipperary 0-19 to 0-7 in a heated encounter yesterday. Despite Tyrone only leading by a single score at half time, Harte’s side dominated the second half, outscoring the premier county 0-12 to 0-1.
Although the victory keeps Tyrone in the hunt for the Championship, their victory was not without controversy. Much of the tension that emerged from the meeting of these sides in the under 21 All Ireland Football final, permeated yesterdays fixture.
As the first half came to a close, fracas broke out as the sides made their way to the tunnel, and in the second half Tipperary’s Liam Casey was sent off, two minutes after coming onto the field, for stamping on Colm Cavanagh.
With Tipperary losing their discipline, Tyrone swept clear and left Mickey Harte feeling confident. After the game he bullishly told reporters, ‘If we can play to our top level, then I wouldn’t be particularly scared of anybody’.
Although he added ‘if we don’t play at our top level, I don’t think many people would be scared of us either’, it would appear the Tyrone manager is confident that his team can clear whatever obstacle is placed in front of his side in the last round of qualifiers, before arriving into Croke Park in August.
Given the nature of their victories over Meath and Limerick, it is difficult foresee Tyrone competing with the elite sides in this years Championship.
However fresh from under 21 success and with a number of fixtures under their belts, Tyrone might still be capable of springing a surprise.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena