Friday 20 April 2018

Tyrone 'just can't get enough training' - Morgan

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan Photo: Sportsfile

Declan Bogue

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan has revealed how a salty half-time remark was used by the Red Hands as motivation for their second-half push that secured the Anglo-Celt Cup.

"When we were going in at half-time we heard someone from the Donegal side shout, 'We'll beat this team of individuals'," the Edendork clubman said.

"We're no team of individuals. We're a massive team, we're a unit. We go everywhere together, we do everything together. People talk about being over-trained - we just can't get enough training!

"We love it. We just love being together, not even in the training side of things. We just love being together as a team. That's what wins you games."

After losing his place for the start of the Championship through injury, Morgan regained the No 1 jersey for the Ulster semi-final replay win over Cavan.

One of the weapons in his locker is his ability to convert long-range frees, and he got his own back on Donegal after they psyched him into several dead-ball misses in the 2013 preliminary round game.

As he made his way upfield on 18 minutes to take a '45', Donegal players Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty ran alongside him in an attempt to repeat that. Although he placed that chance wide, he did score the first point of the game and levelled it at 0-8 each on 52 minutes.

"It was the chance for me to get a bit of redemption after 2013 in Ballybofey. I reacted stupidly to the crowd, I learnt my lesson and I'll never do that again," the goalkeeper declared.

"It's great to move forward and I have a bit of confidence in myself."

He also hinted at a change of emphasis in preparing for games among the group, a move that led to their Ulster triumph.

"All we've done this year is set out game by game and looked no further than that right from the middle of December. It was just one game after the next and that's the only way you can play this game now," he said.

"Last year we targeted big things and they don't come. This year, game by game and it's just unbelievable."

Tyrone will meet their next opponents - to emerge from the B side of the draw - on August 6 at Croke Park, with Morgan insisting little will change.

"Whoever comes next, we'll plan and prepare for them the same way we have planned since the middle of December."

Irish Independent

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