A satisfying end to one of the most bizarre weeks ever for Tyrone GAA ended up with a controlled second-half performance, featuring five unanswered scores in a 13-minute period, which proved enough to get them the opening two points of the Super 8s series against Roscommon.
Roscommon captain Enda Smith believes last year’s dire Super 8s showing is not a true reflection of the county’s worth, but did add that the hammerings endured at the hands of Tyrone and Dublin provided a real eye-opener as to the gap that exists to the leading teams.
Not everyone is happy that Galway are playing Dublin this evening. “How come they didn’t beat Monaghan?” came the cries from the Kingdom all week. “Galway are wasting their time playing Dublin in a semi-final after their no-show against Monaghan,” is the consensus from Kerry.
The battle most counties face to finance teams is illustrated by Roscommon manager Kevin McStay’s claims that he will struggle to shave more from the estimated €15,000 per week it costs to turn out the county’s senior team.