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Goal-shy Red Hand have a point to prove


Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile

Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile

Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile

Who needs goals if your team scores 19 points in a win that takes them to the top of the Division 1 table?

"Goals will come. Any day you get 19 scores it will take a serious team to beat you," said Mickey Harte when asked about Tyrone's finishing habits after the goalless victory over Cavan on Sunday.

Indeed, they created only one good goal chance, which was dealt with by Cavan goalkeeper Raymond Galligan off Sean Cavanagh's effort. Aidan McRory's goal against Dublin is the Red Hand's only three-pointer in four League games this year. And since Tyrone failed to find the net against Mayo or Donegal in their final two championship games of 2016, it means they have scored only one goal in seven hours of big-time action, an incredibly low return for any good team, let alone one that counter-attacks so efficiently.

Yet, they won four, drew one and lost one (by a point) of those six games so obviously Tyrone are very good at improvising via the points route.

Still, you wonder if the goal-shyness remains an area that must be corrected if they are to live up to their growing reputation as perhaps the squad best-equipped to end Dublin's All-Ireland three-in-a-row ambitions this year.

In fairness to Tyrone, they are not the only Division 1 team with low goal returns so far this year. Mayo and Cavan, who meet in Castlebar next Sunday, have only one each while the usually prolific Dublin have just two.

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