Friday 19 July 2019

Cavanagh: We need to be more versatile, like the Dubs

Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Tyrone's Colm Cavanagh. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone's style of play is still a work in progress, insists Colm Cavanagh, who believes the Red Hand will need a mix of styles if they are to go all the way this summer.

Mickey Harte's men moved towards a more offensive style in the league that saw them beat Dublin in Croke Park, with Cathal McShane and Mattie Donnelly posted close to goal in what was a marked departure from their usual style.

However, Donegal dismantled them when they met in Ulster, sparking a return to their tried-and-trusted method of packing the defence and trying to counter-attack.

And Moy man Cavanagh believes Tyrone will have to be able to play both ways and pointed to the example of last year's All-Ireland final as an example of how teams have to be adaptable in how they play.

"You have to be able to do both," Cavanagh said.

"You look at Dublin and how they're able to... you look back at the All-Ireland final last year when we were 0-5 to 0-1 up and Dublin flooded every man behind the ball and sucked us in and then hit us for a couple of goals and pushed on.

"So you have to look at the best and what they're doing and try and tweak and amend to what suits us best so a combination there might work but it's easier said than done.

"There's a lot of work in behind the scenes that goes on to be able to bring it out on a pitch, sometimes things go to plan, sometimes they don't but it's probably a fair point that we have to have both things in the locker and we have to have different styles.

GAA Newsletter

Expert GAA analysis straight to your inbox.

"Every team has to be able to adapt in a game of football and sometimes that's very difficult, especially when you go out and concede four or five points in a row, switching and adapting is very, very hard but we're happy and we're working on it and this has been a work in progress."

Tyrone travel to Dr Hyde Park tomorrow for the opening game in their Super 8s campaign.

The Red Hand won comfortably when the sides clashed at this stage a year ago in Croke Park, hitting Roscommon for 4-24.

Tyrone's qualification for the last eight also ensures another shot at Dublin in the third round of the quarter-final stage, by which point Jim Gavin's men will be expected to have secured wins over Cork and Roscommon.

"Let people assume that (that Dublin will top the group)," said Cavanagh's team-mate Kieran McGeary.

"It's only right that they do think that. They are All-Ireland champions, they are the team that they are.

"We will be targeting every single game the exact same way, down in Roscommon, we'll be going to Croke Park against Cork and then we invite Dublin to Healy Park.

"So we will be taking every game with the exact same mind-frame. We will be taking Roscommon first, and we'll see where we get with that game.

"We got over Dublin this year in the National League, which was nice, down in their part of the world," McGeary said.

"We ran them extremely close last year, but people say that Dublin can't travel. Dublin can travel and they travel extremely well and they travel extremely strong.

"It doesn't really matter where you get them, to be honest, but we will target Roscommon first, we will face Cork second, and then we will worry about the Dublin game when that comes."

Irish Independent

The Throw-In: Kerry back to their best, Connolly’s return and Cork’s baffling inconsistency

In association with Bord Gáis Energy

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport