County Secretary Dominic Mc Caughey highlights Tyrone’s disappointing relegation to Division Two of the National League in his annual report. The 2010 National Football league was “the poorest for Tyrone in more than a decade” and they finished bottom of the division with a negative scoring difference of fifteen points. The two home wins over Cork and Kerry gave the county’s supporters some optimism for the forthcoming championship but defeat at home in their final game against Dublin convinced many supporters that “the Tyrone team had simply grown old, lacked ideas and leaders, and had run out of energy.”
Interestingly the secretary’s report points to the fact that barring the comprehensive win over Monaghan in the Ulster Final Tyrone had only managed victories over two division two sides and lost by five points to a fairly modest Dublin team. In fairness a rebound from one high ball had a major say in the final outcome of that game but the secretary refers to the many under par performances in key areas of the pitch. It seemed as if the problems evident during The National League had returned with a vengeance.
While the seniors struggled for consistency the minors led the way with some outstanding displays throughout a season that stretched from March 13th to the third Sunday in September. The county secretary was fulsome in his praise for Raymond Munroe and the wonderful job he did in directing Tyrone’s march to their twenty second provincial title and eighth All Ireland highlighting his “expertise, guidance and coaching as he moulded this group of players into another All Ireland winning team.” I am sure the Trillick man is hoping his next report as secretary will contain more good news on the inter county front but from all three teams, minor, senior and under twenty one.