Tyrone may have beaten Kerry and Dublin in the league so far this season, but do not expect that to happen again this year.
The two victories I believe are just a false dawn for Tyrone supporters who may think that Mickey Harte is on to another one and can deliver them an All-Ireland.
Full credit must go to Tyrone for the two wins but it is hard to see if those games were played in better conditions the outcomes would have been different.
The Kerry game, which was moved to Edendork due to the unplayable condition of Healy Park in Omagh, worked well for Tyrone’s gameplay of flooding men back and sucking the space out for opposition forwards.
It gave Tyrone the platform to let men like Darren McCurry to put on a scoring masterclass on his home turf.
Some of his scores were phenomenal in testing conditions.
The sendings off of Peter Harte and David Clifford could be seen as dubious but it was the Clifford red card that had the most bearing.
Clifford is the Kerry talisman and without him at the fulcrum of the attack Kerry can be somewhat rudderless.
Peter Harte has been hit and miss for Tyrone with probably his best game of the season coming against Dublin.
But he was not as influential against Kerry.
It was a fine win, no doubt about it but if they meet again in the summer on better ground and probably better weather I can see only one winner.
It is the same with the game last Saturday night in Omagh.
The game should not have been played and how it was given the go ahead was a strange decision.
Conditions immediately took the quality out of the game with both sides making mistake after mistake as the trudged around Healy Park.
And again they played right into Tyrone’s hands.
A blanket defence was the perfect system against the All-Ireland champions who in the conditions were never going to hit a massive score.
Dean Rock’s attempted shot in the first half summed up the whole thing as it landed closer to the corner flag than the goals.
Dublin did not do themselves any favours as they refused to shoot from anywhere outside the middle of the pitch. Even when attacking down the right hand side which would have been the easier side to score from, they turned back or moved into the corner before being turned over.
Straight into the hands of Tyrone’s plan.
And while it looked like Dublin were going to snatch the victory they hardly deserved, Harte and Tyrone would have been happy going into the last 10 minutes still in the game.
And that proved to be so as the impressive Rory Brennan rattled the back of the Dublin goal to seal the victory.
A deserved victory in truth.
Dublin will have to take a hard look at themselves. The level of performance so far this year has not been at the level expected.
Although they have only been beaten once, the same level of intensity has not be seen yet.
But we all know the league is a second thought to these Dublin footballers. They will not be too worried yet. But there are some worrying signs that need to be addressed.
New players have not been consistent enough to look like they will shake up the Dublin team and the substitutions are still the old heads like Kevin McMenamon rather some fresher faces.
But like the Kerry game, if the teams meet later on, Dublin will win.
Harte and his sides have done this before in recent years.
Turn over a few big teams but fail to deliver during the Championship.
Dublin and Kerry are the two best teams in the country, who want to play open football which they could not do against Tyrone.
Tyrone have a way to go to get to that level again. The return of Cathal McShane and Mattie Donnelly to full fitness will be vital but as Kerry showed in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, they had the answers to the difficult questions posed by the Red Hands.
One huge positive for Tyrone was the performance of Liam Rafferty and he is certainly someone to look out for as the year progresses.
But for Tyrone to reach the heights of early 2000s, they need to unearth a few more stars.
The two victories were fully deserved but will they count for anything when the ground hardens and the pitch gets fast?
I doubt it.