Given the intense rivalry between Derry and Tyrone and the shocking weather conditions in which the match was played, one would have been forgiven for predicting a low scoring and, possibly, a bad tempered affair at Celtic Park on Saturday night.
However, the game was anything but, great scores, a competitive game, tough but fair and superb efforts from both sets of players in their attempt to come out on top.
In other words, much of what makes the GAA was it is, was on display. I found it an enthralling contest with the pendulum swinging back and forth with the result in doubt right up to the final whistle.
And a draw was probably the right result but I felt that Derry’s effort during the final 15 minutes could have seen them snatch the points.
Both managers will have been delighted with the effort of their teams on what was a very tricky surface and the fitness of both teams was very much in evidence.
When this Derry team plays with confidence it will always get scores and if Mark Lynch can continue to impose himself on games, then there is much to look forward to in the coming months.