CROKE Park is now just one step away for the Tyrone hurlers as their bid to reach the Nicky Rackard Cup final for the first time in three years took a massive step forward thanks to an amazing second-round win against Donegal on Saturday.
A scarcely believable 4-19 to 0-16 winning scoreline saw the Red Hands simply sweep aside the Tir Chonaill challenge in Carrickmore.
It means that they are straight into the last four, and in pole position to clinch a place in the final at the GAA headquarters next month.
It was a brilliant first half display with the wind which made all the difference for the home team. They enjoyed a commanding interval lead that was emphatically consolidated in the second period. No wonder, then, that team captain, Brendan Begley, was so satisfied afterwards with how things had gone.
“Games between ourselves and Donegal are always close, there’s never too much between us and the two wins each this year prove that. We’re into the semi-final but the big thing is to push one and the fact that we’ve beaten one of the favourites means nothing,” he said.
“The important thing is to concentrate on getting to the final. All the teams that are going to be in the last four are good teams, we know them well, but at the same time we also know that we’re capable of reaching the final.
“It’s going to be tough no matter how comes up against us. But to get to Croke Park would be massive, especially for me because I wasn’t there the last time in 2014. This is a good Tyrone side and there was definitely some hurt after losing so heavily to Donegal in the league final.
“But there are a lot of good players within Tyrone. We have got a good momentum, but there are a few injuries and the few weeks off until the semi-final won’t do us any harm in terms of refreshing us again.”
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