Tyrone got their division two National league campaign off to a disappointing start when they lost by the minimum margin to neighbours Derry at Celtic Park. On the day Tyrone will wonder how they got nothing from the contest as they enjoyed ample possession but kicked an alarming fourteen wides. Derry had the better of things in the first half and were full value for their 1-7 to 0-5 interval lead as Tyrone kicked seven wides and dropped three efforts short into the arms of Derry keeper Danny Devlin. Tyrone had a chance for a goal in the opening seconds but Enda McGinley was denied by O’Hagan and moments later the ball was in the Tyrone net courtesy of Sean Leo McGoldrick. Ryan McMenamin and Damian McCaul kicked superb points for the Red Hands with Sean Cavanagh converting a few frees with Paddy Bradley and Conleith Gilligan on target for Derry. Niall McKenna came on at halftime and he helped turn the tide in favour of the visitors with Brian McGuigan, Aidan Cassidy, Cavanagh and Enda McGinley reducing the deficit. Derry substitute Emmett McGuckian kicked a couple of great scores in the second half but Tyrone missed late chances to earn at least a share of the spoils. The game was spoiled as a spectacle by referee Marty Duffy who brandished thirteen yellow cards and one red, Derry substitute Niall Holly dismissed in injury time.