Wednesday, 8 March 2017

TYRONE TARGET TOP SPOT thumbnailTyrone’s Mattie Donnelly looks to offload the ball for hitting the floor. wk10002pa

TIERNAN McCann is targeting full points from three Ulster derby ties in the space of a fortnight.
Following on from Saturday's win over Monaghan, Tyrone face Cavan and Donegal, and the Killyclogher man senses an opportunity to make a big statement.
Unbeaten after three NFL games, the Red Hands are aiming to firstly dismiss the threat of relegation, before making s serious challenge for the Division One title.
“Obviously the main thing is that the win has been recorded, because first priority in Division One is to maintain that status," he said.
“We're two points closer to that, and there's another mini Ulster-fest in Division One in the next few weeks before the Mayo and Kerry games."
Next Sunday's re-fixed match against Cavan means Tyrone will be in action on five successive weekends.
It's a demanding schedule, and one which McCann believes will test the depth of the squad.
“Five weeks in a row is a bit like the All-Ireland Qualifiers, but the competitiveness and fitness is testament to the coaching of Peter Donnelly. Tuesday nights are now probably going to be recovery-based sessions and all these things are important now in the modern game.
“There's a squad of 33 players and it's probably going to be a case of using them in the next few weeks. Playing the matches is good as long as you can keep on top of the injuries and the recovery."
The Red Hands have won both of their home games to date, and they're in action at Healy Park again this Sunday.
It's two years since Tyrone have suffered defeat at the Omagh venue, which is showing signs of becoming a fortress once again.
“It's extremely important to get the home points because I think we're going to be on the road more in the next few weeks. We want to make Healy Park something of a fortress because in the past people maybe said that Tyrone didn't perform well here.
“Everyone seems to become closer on the weekends away which results in really good performances. So, we're trying to get that same level at home."


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