Sunday 18 August 2019

'You just don't know what kind of Tyrone you're going to get' - David Brady says jury's out on Mickey Harte's men

Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly attempts to get away from Chris Healy. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly attempts to get away from Chris Healy. Photo: Sportsfile

Tony Considine

Tyrone's season looks like it is back on track after Saturday's impressive qualifier win over Kildare.

After a poor performance in an Ulster semi-final defeat at the hands of Donegal, Mickey Harte's men bounced back with a routine win over Longford before their successful trip to Newbridge.

A final qualifier against Cavan in Clones on Saturday is all that stands between them and a Super 8s spot.

But 1996 All-Ireland finalist David Brady has yet to be convinced by the Red Hand men this season and believes they will need to find a level of consistency not yet visible if they are to last into the business end of the summer for a second year in a row.  

Speaking on Independent.ie's The Throw-In podcast in association with Bord Gáis Energy, the Mayo legend said: "Tyrone have definitely been hot and cold. When they're on-song, their forwards are working very well.

"The wing-back Michael Cassidy got the goal within six minutes and they put it to bed from there. But will they put others to the sword?

"There was a naivety from Kildare in allowing Tyrone so much possession. A lot of the time it was uncontested from short kick-outs as well.

"This is their bread and butter, it's what Tyrone do every single day of the week. Sometimes they change their style but they do this every single day.

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"Kildare basically said 'we're giving Tyrone the ball' but they're the best runners of the ball out there. Their angles of running were fantastic.

"Other teams won't be as naive as that. Kildare should have pushed up and made them kick it long. When you're trying to gather the ball on the 50-yard line, you’re in a different mindset than if you’re on the 20-yard line.

"You set up differently, your runs are different and you have to ask have you get the numbers with you? When you're coming from behind, you'll have the numbers."

With the winner of the Clones clash progressing into Dublin's Super 8s group, a Tyrone win will see All-Ireland champions, Dublin facing into a trip to Omagh for a second consecutive season in their drive for five.

And while Brady may still have his doubts about last season’s runners-up, the tightness of the group game last year with Dublin's three-point win in contrast to the final means there may be a window of opportunity in this year's round-robin.

"You just don't know what kind of Tyrone you're going to get. They need all the cards to fall for them if they're going to challenge Dublin in any way, shape or form," he finished.

"But the games and their venues do give you an opportunity. It's going to be down in Omagh and taking Dublin out of their comfort zone is the only chance you have."

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