Monday 19 February 2018

Tyrone's pedigree counts for nothing, insists Hamill

Gaelic games Ruaidhri O'Connor

TYRONE minor star Shea Hamill says the county's recent pedigree will count for nothing against Mayo on Sunday.

The Red Hand have won two of the last five titles and three of the last six Ulster championships, but having lost to Monaghan in the provincial decider this season, they are outsiders against the Connacht champions at Croke Park.

With their opponents set to be roared on by a huge support, who will get in early before the senior clash, Tyrone have it all to do in the Electric Ireland MFC final.

But, Hamill (above) reckons that could bring its own pressure as Mayo look to deal with the favourites tag and the attention that comes from the big crowd.

"It's not pressure on us going in as underdogs and if it works out, it works out. Mayo will be hot favourites after beating Roscommon as well," he said.

"You don't really even think about Tyrone's record. You hear people talking about having great youth teams, but it's all on the day.

"This is a different team and a different year so whatever happens, happens."

Hamill believes that his side have learned from their Ulster defeat to Monaghan and have improved in their games since.

They allowed a big lead to slip on that day in Clones and the memory has driven them ever since as they responded to beat Kerry and Roscommon to reach the final.

"I suppose, after the Monaghan game we caught on, you can't give up, eight points down and they came back," he said.

"It's not over until the final whistle. The Kerry game pushed us as well, extra-time – you can't give up, that's it.

"You see, we're not that big a team – Tyrone never really are. We work on what we are good at. Every man would be fit.

"We were taught through the development stages to keep tackling, put the pressure on and that's what we are good at too like."

Irish Independent

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