Tyrone senior hurling manager Mattie Lennon feels that his side face a ‘formidable’ challenge against Derry in Sunday’s Ulster Shield Final at Eire Ogs, Carrickmore ground.
It’s the second final in three weeks for the Red Hands who were convincingly beaten by Donegal in the NHL Division 3A League decider a fortnight ago. However they bounced back to form last weekend in easily dispatching with Fermanagh in the Shield semi-final to set up this tough assignment against the Oak Leafers.
Lennon is well aware that Tyrone will face their biggest test yet under his stewardship against Division Two side Derry. The Oak Leaf thumped Monaghan in their last four clash at Omagh and are hotly tipped to secure this Ulster Shield title.
While it looks an onerous task, Lennon was remaining positive.
“ They are in Division 2B and they have been playing in the Ulster Senior Championship up until this year so they will be a massive test for us. That said I know that our boys can compete with the best on their day. These are the games you want to be involved in. If we are to progress in this game we need to be competing against the likes of Derry. They are also in the Nicky Rackard so again we could end up meeting them again.”
The Tyrone manager will assess the fitness of several players ahead of the Ulster final. Sean Og Grogan remains a major doubt while there were a few bumps and scrapes in last Saturday’s outing against Fermanagh.
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