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Monday 11 December 2017

'Zen' Harte keeps his head

CRISIS? What crisis! Tyrone's response to the 'end of the Red Hand world' declarations that followed their second half capitulation to Monaghan was a defensively defiant snuffing out of a scattergun Mayo three weeks ago.

"I allow people to wallow in their own ignorance if they decide to do that," was Mickey Harte's Zen-like postscript.

It's worth recalling that Tyrone did retain the McKenna Cup as a precursor to their Farney fadeout, but there remain valid reasons to doubt their status as contenders.

That said, it's far too early in the season for definitive judgements ... apart from this one: if Derry make it three defeats on the spin here, they will be relegated!

ODDS: Tyrone 4/11 Draw 15/2 Derry 3/1

VERDICT: Tyrone

tyrone v derry, tonight, omagh (7.0)

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