TYRONE manager, Mickey Harte, wants to develop a Fortress Omagh after the county’s 2-13 to 1-10 win over Donegal eased their relegation worries from Division One of the National League.
Great goals from Niall Sludden and Mark Bradley eased the Red Hands past their Ulster rivals to secure a very valuable two points at the bottom of the table. But they had to battle right to the end after Donegal snatched a late goal and reduced the deficit down to only two points at one stage before the finish.
But there was no doubting Tyrone’s overall dominance, especially during the second half of a keenly contested tussle. It pleased the team manager who is now looking forward to next weekend’s trip to Mayo and then a big showdown with Kerry in Healy Park on March 25.
“We have found that we lose too many games in Omagh, and every other county’s home ground seems to be a bit of a fortress, and that is not the case with Omagh to date with is, so we have to try to do something about that. In order to do something about it, you need to beat good teams, and I would count that beating a good quality team here.
“The two points were vital and we had to battle for them. Goals are very important in a game and the one in the first half gave us the confidence going in at half time and we got scores at vital times,” he said.
“When they got the goal and then a point after it, they were really back in business again. So we actually had to win the game twice. There were players who were prepared to work hard. It took a while to settle into the flow of the game and to get them to play the way we wanted them to”
For the moment, though, Tyrone are getting set for the trip to Mayo next weekend and a chance to turn the tables on a team that has defeated them in a number of important championship clashes during recent years.
“We have had some good battles with Mayo, but unfortunately we’ve come out on the wrong end of a very narrow defeat in the last couple. So we’re hoping to turn the tide on that,” added Mickey Harte.
“There are two games left now and certainly there are two more points needed out of those games to keep ourselves in Division One. Six points should keep us in the division, if that’s not being too optimistic.”