All-Ireland champions Tyrone were brought back down to earth with a bang by Cavan in last night’s Dr McKenna Cup clash at Kingspan Breffni Park.
The home side enjoyed a 15-point victory over an understrength Red Hands team with Gearoid McKiernan delivering a man-of-the-match performance.
The Breffni County’s talisman helped himself to 1-4 and his goal parachuted Mickey Graham’s side into a commanding 1-8 to 0-2 interval lead.
The Tyrone team that took to the field featured just four players – Paudie Hampsey, Peter Harte, Kieran McGeary and Darren McCurry – that started last September’s Sam Maguire Cup decider success over Mayo.
Conor Meyler, Conn Kilpatrick and Michael McKiernan all saw action as subs but they were unable to put a halt to the Breffni County’s gallop.
The visitors’ woes were compounded when Richie Donnelly was red carded in the 39th minute.
This evening's @BankofIrelandUK Man Of The Match was @CavanCoBoardGaa's Gearóid McKiernan, accepting his award from Bank of Ireland's Michael McLaughlin and Ulster GAA President Oliver Galligan. pic.twitter.com/31CLJo2aWY— Official Cavan GAA (@CavanCoBoardGaa) January 12, 2022