Sunday 22 January 2017

Donegal turn the screw

Champions show they're still the team to beat after exposing Tyrone's flaws

Published 27/05/2013 | 05:00

Frank McGlynn and Joe McMahon have eyes only for the ball as they battle it out at MacCumhaill Park
Frank McGlynn and Joe McMahon have eyes only for the ball as they battle it out at MacCumhaill Park

There had been telltale signs about Tyrone's right to be named among the best six teams in the 2013 All-Ireland race over the past few months, despite their fine achievement in reaching the National League final against Dublin.

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There was that shattering defeat, particularly the manner of it, at the hands of Kerry in Omagh in the league. But more relevant was the clear indication that some of the older Tyrone players would not be able to last the pace in a high-grade, physically and mentally demanding game over 70-plus minutes later in the year.

And so it turned out, with Tyrone failing to score for all of 33 minutes in the second half against a younger, fitter Donegal side, which by having the facility to bring in leading players like Karl Lacey in the second half, really turned the screw on a fading Tyrone team.

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