Mickey Harte relieved as Tyrone get a point in Roscommon
Allianz Football League Division One: Roscommon 1-10 Tyrone 1-10
TYRONE manager Mickey Harte acknowledged that the decision by Cavan referee Noel Mooney to overturn his original award of a last-gasp free to Roscommon in yesterday’s draw at Dr Hyde Park was “harsh”.
However, Harte added that the black card awarded to Tyrone captain Mattie Donnelly minutes earlier was equally so.
“I’m glad the referee decided to reverse the free,’’ said Harte, who confirmed that Colm Cavanagh will not be back from injury for his side’s next game against Monaghan on Saturday week.
‘‘It would be a lot worse to have no points after three matches. But it was a harsh black card for Mattie Donnelly, so some decisions go for you and others go against you.”
“The time the black card made a huge difference. If Mattie was on the field we’d have had as good a chance to win as Roscommon.’’
Harte had words of praise for his goalkeeper Niall Morgan, who had moved forward to strike the levelling score from play, one of three he registered on the day
‘‘You saw all the qualities of Niall Morgan, not just as a goalkeeper, but as a footballer in this match. He plays out the field for his club and he is very comfortable anywhere on the field,” said Harte.
The Tyrone manager insisted there was no panic within the Tyrone ranks when Roscommon went in leading by six points at half-time.
“In the first 25 minutes we played some super football and it was 0-3 each. Then we had a bad spell before half-time, we have a habit of doing that and it put us in a bad place,” Harte maintained.
“Since Anthony Cunningham came in as manager Roscommon are harder to break down. They have power and physicality. We came out in the second half and were chipping away at the lead until we conceded a bad goal. That could have been lights out for us but we showed persistence and quality to drag ourselves back into the match.
“Overall, I am happy with our performance but, of course, we are disappointed that we didn’t win. It’s a good point from Roscommon, we needed to win more than Roscommon did and we didn’t get the win,” he said.
Harte dismissed criticism of his team after their heavy defeat against Mayo.
“Some people are very reactive but I don’t judge players on one performance,’’ he said.
‘‘I didn’t doubt these players, I respect these players, I know what they can do. This was a good response to the display against Mayo.
‘‘The early matches are indicative of where you’re going to be in the league. Now we have to avoid the drop, we have played three matches and we have four matches left.’’
Roscommon: D O’Malley; D Murray, C Daly (0-1), E McGrath; C. Devaney, C Hussey, R Daly (0-1); T O’Rourke, E Smith; S Killoran (0-2), U Harney (1-1), N Kilroy (0-1); C Cox (0-3); D Smith (0-1), C Cregg
Subs: C Compton for Cregg (53), G Patterson for Kilroy (56), H Darcy for O’Rourke (63), A Lyons for Cox (69)
Yellow cards: Harney (44), C Daly (46), McGrath (60), Patterson (65)
Tyrone: N Morgan (0-3, 0-2 frees); R Brennan, R McNamee (0-1), C McLaughlin; T McCann, B McDonnell, M McKernan; B Kennedy, P Hampsey; P Harte (0-5 frees), N Sludden, K McGeary; M Donnelly, C McShane (1-0), D McCurry (0-1)
Subs: C Meyler for McLaughlin (29), HP McGeary for McNamee (30), K Coney for Sludden (40), H Loughran for McDonnell (50), F Burns for R Brennan (59)
Black cards: Donnelly (68)
Yellow cards: McGeary (56), Hampsey (70)
Referee: N Mooney (Cavan)