Typical, Dessie Farrell may think. The very day he has a good news post-match press conference, he can’t speak to the media. After the Gaelic Players Association directive that teams shouldn’t engage with media – as part of their ongoing dispute with Croke Park regarding expenses – the Dublin manager, who is a former chief executive of the GPA, politely declined to do interviews.
Tyrone did likewise but after the All-Ireland champions had slumped to a third league defeat, that was hardly much of a disappointment for Feargal Logan and Brian Dooher or their players.
The media disengagement wasn’t universally observed with some counties providing comment for media after matches. Kerry manager Jack O’Connor spoke to RTÉ on Saturday night but the other league rights holders TG4 were informed before the match in Omagh that neither team would be providing interviews before or afterwards.
Dublin, facing a record fifth league defeat on the bounce, produced a much better performance to revive their hopes of avoiding relegation. Results elsewhere had meant that they couldn’t have been relegated anyway, regardless of the outcome in Omagh.
They were helped on their way by Brian Fenton’s best display of the season. Among the indirect consequences was the red card that reduced Tyrone to 14 …