TYRONE midfield colossus Colm Cavanagh has dismissed as ‘crazy talk’ the rife speculation about a potential blockbuster collision with Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-final at the end of next month.
With the Red Hands and Dubs in limbo right now, as they await their opponents in the last eight, much of the idle talk has focused on a mouth-watering clash between the Ulster and Leinster champions at Croke Park on Sunday August 27th.
While such a prospect would naturally generate plenty of excitement among football fans the length of the country, a cautious Cavanagh was very much preaching the mantra of ‘one game at a time’.
“ To be honest I think it is crazy talk. I understand people are keen to hype up this potential game down the line but neither team has progressed through the Quarter-Finals yet.
“ We can’t afford to be thinking about that because last year people were talking about a potential semi-final against Tipperary and maybe a path to the All-Ireland Final itself and look what happened us.
“We still had to beat Mayo and that didn’t materialise so from a players point of view we can’t look any further than this upcoming Quarter-Final.
“If you do look beyond it there is a risk that complacency could be your downfall. Whoever we eventually get we will treat them with the respect they deserve.”
Tyrone’s next opponent should be determined on Saturday evening after the Croke Park double header when Armagh square off with Kildare, and Down meet Monaghan in Round 4B of the All-Ireland Qualifiers.
The Red Hands can’t meet Down once more, having played them in the recent Ulster Final, but can be paired with any of the other three teams. The most straightforward scenario is that Tyrone will definitely play Kildare should the Lilywhites beat the Orchard men, as the Leinster side can’t be matched with Dublin again.
Reflecting back on last week’s Ulster Final success, Cavanagh, who has earned rave reviews for his performances this term, was naturally satisfied at the outcome
“ We knew the first half would be nip and tuck. Down came out firing on all cylinders and we definitely weren’t. We missed a lot of scoring opportunities in the first half which on another day could have cost us. Down had a great goal chance near the end of the first half.
“ If that had gone in it may have changed the dynamic of the game a little bit. But we knew going in at half time we weren’t in a bad place.
“We were two points up and hadn’t really played so we went out in the second half and were able to pick scores off early which was important. We never really looked back after that.”
Posted: 3:34 pm July 28, 2017
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