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Kevin McStay Shocked By 'Absolute Implosion' Of Tyrone

Kevin McStay Shocked By  'Absolute Implosion' Of Tyrone
By Colman Stanley
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The current All-Ireland Football champions Tyrone have been widely criticised after their surprising and heavy defeat to Derry in the Ulster Senior Football Championship on Sunday.

This criticism continued with ex-Roscommon football manager Kevin McStay sharing his views on their 1-18 to 0-10 quarter-final loss.

McStay did praise Derry’s “consistent application of a plan and attitude”, and noted that they were “committed” and “tactically perfect.” However, he did not hold back in his assessment of Tyrone when speaking on RTE’s GAA Podcast.

“The absolute implosion of the champions was just amazing to see, in terms of their attitude it was so off it was shocking. And then their discipline started to fall apart. They never put a hand on them did they really.”

1 May 2022; Pádraig Hampsey, left, and Conn Kilpatrick of Tyrone leave the field after the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Tyrone and Derry at O'Neills Healy Park in Omagh, Tyrone. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

He continued to praise Derry, but was also cautious in his optimism, given the fact they have they have a semi-final and potential final ahead of them in the notoriously difficult Ulster Football Championship.


“So a compelling victory for Derry, and of course it puts them, to answer your question, of course it puts them in the seat for Ulster Champions, but they have some fence to jump in the next round, and if they were to get to the final they have another fence.

“It would nearly take two more performances like yesterday probably for them to win it. But are they capable of doing that? They most likely are because they have a clever back room team and a lot of very good footballers that seem committed to doing something major in 2022. That’s my sense of it.”

Derry now face Monaghan in the semi-finals of the Ulster Football Championship, after Monaghan inflicted a heavy defeat on Down. The victor will then face off against the winner of Donegal and Cavan.


Tyrone must now follow Mayo, their opponents from last year’s All-Ireland Football Final, into the qualifiers for the 2022 competition.

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