Tuesday 20 March 2018

McGeary woe over venue

Tyrone's Kieran McGeary
Tyrone's Kieran McGeary

Tyrone's U-21 football captain Kieran McGeary has admitted that he is disappointed that Saturday's EirGrid All-Ireland final won't be held in Croke Park, writes Cian Tracey.

The Red Hands take on Tipperary at Parnell Park and McGeary feels that it is an opportunity lost to showcase the country's talent on a bigger stage.

"It's an All-Ireland final, teams don't really get there that often and players might never get to one again," he said.

"For me, I'd prefer to play it in the likes of Croke Park, that's why the stadium is there and I'd imagine both sets of players and management would totally agree to Croke Park on the big day.

"Croke Park is where every lad wants to be. Growing up you dream of being out on the green of Croke Park."

McGeary is expecting a tough battle against a powerful Tipp side that have beaten Cork and Dublin on their way to the final.

"They're physical, have great skill up front, their defenders are very tight," he observed. "They tick all the boxes and we have to figure out ways of unpicking those boxes to get over the line."

Irish Independent

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