Monday 24 July 2017

Tyrone minors on Rebel alert

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

The bookies may be firmly in their camp, but Tyrone minor football captain Shea McGarrity is not taking anything for granted ahead of Sunday's ESB MFC final.

The highly rated Ulster champions were almost upset by Mayo in the semi-final, finding themselves seven points down midway through the second half only for goals from Richard and Darragh Donnelly to drag them back into a game they eventually won.

And Cookstown man McGarrity says that scare has prepped them for Sunday's final against another side who don't know when they are beaten.

"We know that performance won't be good enough to get through against Cork," he said. "Definitely, when we were behind we thought it would be a big mountain to climb, we were delighted to get through it.

"I wouldn't say we were favourites. Every day's a new challenge and we know Cork will be a very tough match. They showed in their last match they have a lot of character in coming back from behind, right to the end and the final score.

"Their skill levels are very high and we'll be aware of that on the day. It shows that they go right to the end and present a challenge right through the match. They got a goal and vital scores against Galway, Armagh and Kerry and it's a great characteristic to have in any team."

With their seniors in the final, Cork fans are set to out-number those travelling south from Tyrone. But McGarrity doesn't think that will be a factor on the day.

"They'll have a great support with their seniors but both teams will have to try and blank that out," he said.

"I don't think it will add too much pressure to them. I suppose, with both teams, you can't worry about things that happen on the outside and just concern ourselves with what happens between the white lines. It's going to be a big occasion for everybody."

Irish Independent

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