FEARGAL Logan says the ‘cat is out of the bag’ for new Tyrone star Paul Donaghy.
The Dungannon man scored ten points in his Red Hands debut against Donegal, although it wasn’t enough to inspire his side, who went down 0-18 to 0-16.
“Paul had a very good start,” Logan said.
“Everybody did well. The key for Paul is to build on that and develop himself further. The cat is out of the bag a bit now. We just hope he keeps developing.”
Logan and Brian Dooher have succeeded the legendary Mickey Harte as Red Hands’ managers.
For the first time since 2002, Harte is not patrolling the sidelines for the O’Neill County. It was certainly a strange site not to have Harte’s presence.
Logan said: “Mickey stood at the post and manned the fort for Tyrone for 20 years and almost 30 years with minors and under-21s.
“Mickey is a star, but someone has to take up the baton. Mickey put the icing on the cake for us. We just hope that we can add another per or two.”
The sending off of Michael O’Neill, six minutes into the second half, proved a defining moment in the game. The teams were level 0-10 apiece at half-time, but the dismissal helped tip the scales in Donegal’s favour.
Loagn revealed that O’Neill was about to be replaced when he was penalised for a foul on Ryan McHugh that earned him a second yellow card.
He said: “Michael was coming to the line that very minute
“It was a robust game, with robust tacking and plenty happening. I didn’t see it (O’Neill’s tackle) as any more robust as anything else that went on.
“It’s a tough defeat. There isn’t a lot of room for slippage.
“Even at a man down, we kept it going to the end. I thought we might unlock a goal chance but it just didm;t come for us. Could we have gone through for points? We possible could have, but some just snatched in the breeze. It’s bad, but it could be worse.”
Tyrone went to go long for much of the evening, with former AFL player Conor McKenna as the fulcrum of their attack.
Logan insists that Tyrone won’t be one-dimensional under he and Dooher’s watch.
He said” “There is so much dynamic movement in any given game. There are times for everything.
“We’re working on getting stuck in, giving it our best shot and moving the ball – a few of the basics that all teams work on.
“I think it was a decent game with some lovely scores on both sides and its unfortunate that we’re on the losing side.
“Sometimes when you lose, you’re better off getting out quickly. We’ll not complain. We’ll recover, get back in next week and go for Saturday night.”