The number of people who travelled to Brewster Park last night was estimated at just over two thousand but I am sure most of them, even the Monaghan supporters, must have gone away talking about Tyrone’s sub Daniel Mc Nulty. The big Holy Trinity student first entered the action as a first half blood sub following a facial injury to midfielder Niall Donaghy. His impact was as massive as it was immediate. His first touch of the ball came as soon as he ran onto the field when he was asked to hit a forty five that his side had just won. His point from that kick gave Tyrone a lead they were not to lose.
Dead ball kicking is a dying art in my view and not enough time and effort is put into practising it. As a result good quality accurate dead ball kicking has all but disappeared from the game. Long kicking when not warmed up is the most difficult challenge of all but the big Clonoe lad made it all look very easy last night as he landed two fine points from dead balls. His first was from that forty five and he followed that up with a great point from play within a minute. He landed another monster point in the second half which put an end to any Monaghan hopes of a late comeback.
But this lad is no one trick pony. He was not brought on just to hit free kicks. He competes well around the middle of the field, he knows how to tackle and cover space and he does not mind the physical nature of Gaelic Football. He was part of the successful Holy Trinity side earlier this year and knows what it takes to win. If Tyrone are to have a successful year at this grade in 2011 I have a feeling Daniel Mc Nulty will play a key role in that success.