Video: James O’Donoghue’s superb solo effort in demolition of hapless Tyrone
Kerry turned in an impressive second-half display that Tyrone just couldn’t live with in Killarney on Sunday and ran out comprehensive 15 point winners.
The Kingdom have James O’Donoghue to thank for their commanding victory as he tore the Tyrone defence to shreds and helped himself to a 3-3 scoring total.
It was his 48th minute opener that really got pulses racing in Fitzgerald Stadium however.
Kieran O’Leary pumped a long ball into the half-forward line which was nicely broken down by Paul Geaney for O’Donoghue to latch onto.
O’Donoghue was too fleet of foot for Tyrone’s Barry Tierney who, once turned by the Kerryman’s nimble footwork, was never able to recover.
The in-form Kerry marksman rifled an unstoppable effort into the roof of Niall Morgan’s net as the wheels began to come off for a Tyrone side that registered just a solitary score in the entire second half.
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was understandably none too impressed with his players in the wake of the feeble fifteen point drubbing and branded it the worst of his managerial tenure.
“I don’t think you could call it a bad day at the office; it’s something much worse than that. It’s a dreadful performance from our team,” Harte told the Irish Examiner.
“In all the times I’ve been dealing with Tyrone teams, I’ve never had a second half like that. It’s just not good enough. It’s not a performance anybody would be proud of,” he added.
Not only has the result damaged his side’s league hopes but it has also diminished the respect they’ve earned over the years, according to the Tyrone manager.
He must be saying thank you God.. James O Donoghue Kerry forward pic.twitter.com/rvVXo0awo2— Martin Kiely (@MartinKiely1) March 10, 2014
“Collectively, we were just so poor as to be unrecognisable, and we know have a long, hard hill to climb if we are going to regain some of the respect we have earned for ourselves over the last 10 or 12 years,” claimed Harte.
Tyrone now sit in fourth place in National League Division 1 on five points, while Kerry’s first win takes them off the bottom of the standings where they are replaced by winless Westmeath.