Wednesday, 9 August 2017

GOAL-DEN TYRONE PICK OFF THE ORCHARD MEN thumbnailRed Hands find shooting boots to blast past Armagh

TYRONE have All-Ireland champions Dublin in their sights as they prepare for a massive semi-final clash at Croke Park on 27th August.

After coasting to the last four with a series of facile victories, the Red Hands carry the hopes of Ulster, but Peter Harte has warned that serious improvements will be required if they are to halt the sky blue juggernaut.

The Errigal Ciaran man was concerned by some aspects of the 18 points win over Armagh last weekend, and feels they could be punished by the Sam Maguire Cup holders.

"If you watched this game back, then there's probably loads that can be improved upon," he said.

"Our final passes went astray at times in the first half and again in the second half and that's one of the small things that will have to be worked on.

"You don't really notice how things are going when you're in the middle of matches because the focus is always on the next ball and attack, where you should be and what you should be doing.

"Momentum is massive in games and if Armagh had got a few scores at the start of the second half then it could have been a totally different game." The Red Hands racked up another big scoring total to challenge the notion that they are a defensive team, and Harte, who scored 1-2, was pleased with the success of the offensive system.

"We were happy with some aspects of our performance here even though there was some sloppy play. But to score 3-17 in Croke Park is good kicking here and it's just lovely to be back in the All-Ireland semi-final," he said.

"Time will tell how we can do in the rest of the championship after today and we're working hard to try and progress. Everyone believes that we can do well, but you have to go and produce the performances.

"Since I've been involved with the Tyrone seniors and Mickey Harte, every team has believed that they can win the All-Ireland and I don't think that we're any different." Harte was happy to have exorcised the memory of last year's narrow defeat to Mayo at the same stage.

"Last year's performance in the quarter-final was disappointing, so it's good to have got through this challenge. Sometimes games like this can go a certain way, but there's still an awful lot of work that goes in.

"We were maybe criticised and rightly so that we didn't attack enough in last year's quarter final and played conservatively and that was a lesson that we learned. You have to go and score in Croke Park and hurt teams at the other end to win here


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