Monday 23 April 2018

'Why can't they beat the Dubs?' - Joe Brolly on Tyrone being the real deal

Sean Cavanagh, Aidan McCrory, Tiernan McCann, Niall Sludden and Peter Harte of Tyrone celebrate
Sean Cavanagh, Aidan McCrory, Tiernan McCann, Niall Sludden and Peter Harte of Tyrone celebrate

Conor Neville

Tyrone didn't pull up any trees in the League and their humdrum win over Derry in the Ulster quarter-final turned few heads.

But their startlingly emphatic win over a callow Donegal team has parachuted them back into the reckoning for the All-Ireland title. 

Joe Brolly predicted a cagey and tight game beforehand eventually plumping for a narrow Donegal win.

But speaking on Independent.ie's GAA podcast the Thrown In, Brolly now argues that there is no reason why Tyrone don't have the capability to take on the Dubs.

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For Brolly, the big difference about Tyrone on Sunday was committed to the attack while simultaneously maintaining their iron defensive wall.  

"The Dubs had huge trouble against them in the League this year. They went six points up against them but then surrendered that because they played too defensively.

"We'll take it as given that you'll find it very difficult to score against Tyrone. They don't foul. Their discipline is brilliant. They're really powerful. They're all flying machines. They've got every constituent to defend you and to hold you to within that 10-15 point area.

"Now after that their problem over the past few years has been that they haven't committed to the attack. But they're perfectly capable of doing it and they've got very skilled players.

"So why can't they beat the Dubs? You tell me."

While Martin McHugh recently claimed that Monaghan had nosed ahead of both Tyrone and Donegal and now boasted the best squad in Ulster. But following yesterday's demolition job, Brolly doesn't appear to fancy Malachy O'Rourke's boys in the Ulster final.

"It was scary. There was no facet of the game they weren't in control of...

"It's quite hard to find any significance in the Tyrone group. And Monaghan's task is going to be an extremely onerous one."

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