Tyrone 1-16 Kerry 0-14
LIKE their league campaign in microcosm, Tyrone started slowly but cranked through the gears at Healy Park today to record their first victory over Kerry since a full eight years ago.
The match was a dead rubber tie but the Red Hands were full value for their five-point victory and stands them in good stead for their Ulster Championship quarter-final against Monaghan in two months’ time.
The match was devoid of fireworks with little at stake for either team but a phenomenal performance by Frank Burn was rewarded by a standing ovation when he was hauled ashore as the clock ticked into injury time.
Mickey Harte believes that the Red Hands are still a work-in-progress despite signing off their Division One campaign with a flourish.
“It became a sort of a Qualifier run for us in many ways, in that we tried different things, different players and different ways.
“And I think as the games have gone on, we’re finding a permutation that’s working well for us. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s pretty effective at the moment.
“Now we have to see is that going to be effective enough in the championship, and we’ll have to work on it and fine-tune it and try and add value to that as we enter the championship.
“And if we can do that, we’ll get a few good games in the championship.”