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Ricey Knows The Score
Ryan Mc Menamin joined Teamtalkmag.com this afternoon for their live commentary from Healy Park and showed all his knowledge and understanding of county football. When the big question was asked of him before the ball was even thrown in as to how the game might pan out the Dromore defender had no hesitation in predicting a win for Tyrone and by a margin of four points. Not a bad start to his role as a pundit and thinking back on it now perhaps we should have asked him how many players Donegal were going to finish the game with.
Interestingly there was considerable debate in the press box about the awarding of the first half penalty and the resulting second yellow card for Donegal captain Michael Murphy. The penalty seemed a harsh enough call but in fairness to referee Joe Mc Quillan he was right up with the play. Murphy’s second yellow card came immediately after the penalty was saved and again seemed harsh enough but on seeing the replays on the match monitor Murphy’s tackle was certainly deserving of a yellow card. Ricey, like most defenders thought it was a bit harsh but on viewing it a few times he had to agree the sending off was merited.
Today’s result leaves Tyrone in a very strong position in terms of worrying about relegation. With six points already on the table and four matches remaining Tyrone find themselves in a very strong position. They are well placed to push on for a place in the league semi finals but must also keep in mind that should their challenge come off the rails they could yet find themselves caught up in a relegation dogfight. Two more points will virtually guarantee Division One status for next year and what better place to start than next time out against Cork.