Tyrone hurling manager slates Croke Park after defeat

Tyrone senior hurling manager Mattie Lennon. INTT1315-705DCA

Tyrone senior hurling manager Mattie Lennon. INTT1315-705DCA

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Tyrone senior hurling manager Mattie Lennon says that the Croke Park authorities have no respect for teams such as his after the national league division 3A winners failed to secure promotion on Saturday.

An unbeaten run that stretched back to the early part of 2014 coming to an end for the Red Hands in a four point loss to Donegal at Celtic Park in Derry.

Lennon spoke of the anguish and disappointment in the Tyrone dressing room after another pulsating clash between the two Ulster sides. But, on this occasion, there was no happy ending for the underdogs, despite a spirited fightback from nine points down to draw level at one stage.

“We have played three ‘finals’ over three weeks, against Monaghan to clinch the title and then the drawn game with Donegal last week and today’s outing. The boys have given it all and, despite winning the league, we have no promotion.

“It’s gut wrenching for us all - and those in charge just don’t care” added the despairing boss.

Donegal retained their place in division 2B of the league with a more polished display this time out. They created the bulk of the chances and certainly could have won by a lot more than the four point margin, hitting a total of nineteen wides.

Donegal had a stranglehold when nine points ahead twenty nine minutes in, Tyrone drawing level six minutes into the second period. But it ended 2-16 to 2-12 between the teams, who are set to meet again in two weeks in the Nicky Rackard Cup in Letterkenny.