MICKEY Harte, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for.
Last year’s fiasco against the Dubs was greeted with enough schadenfreude to power a small nation, but Tyrone have a golden opportunity to restore their reputation as a force this Saturday at Healy Park.
The pride of the county is at stake, if nothing else, and Harte recognises that time will tell whether Tyrone have made the necessary improvements over the course of a single season.
“We won’t know until we play them on Saturday night, and when we play them, the outcome will tell us if we’re better primed or not,” he said.
“We would like to think we are, but yet again, we thought we were better primed when we went there last year.
“We thought we were going to be really competitive. As it turned out we weren’t.”
Some have downplayed the significance of home advantage on Saturday considering Tyrone’s relatively weak record at Healy Park, but it can hardly hurt.
It didn’t go unnoticed that the Red Hands broke early from the parade last year in the midst of an almighty racket emanating from Hill 16, and another one-sided defeat doesn’t bear thinking about from a Tyrone perspective.
Harte doesn’t believe Dublin will be discombobulated by the prospect of playing outside the familiar confines of Croke Park.
“If you’re depending on Dublin being out of Croke park as being the thing that’s going to give you the opportunity to beat them, then I think you’re on the wrong track.”
Tyrone have made one change for the visit of the Dubs with Hugh Pat McGeary coming in for the injured Cathal McCarron.
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