COLM Cavanagh showed he has lost none of his appetite for good old-fashioned hard work in Tyrone’s comfortable second-round qualifier win over Carlow.
The Moy man was back to his barnstorming best against the Leinster minnows on his third outing after recovering from a quad muscle injury. It’s been a gas-guzzling few weeks travelling the highways and byways of the country, but there’s a shorter spin down the road for their round three qualifier against Cavan.
The match was initially pencilled in for Croke Park as part of a double-header with Kildare and Mayo, but that match was refixed for Newbridge yesterday after a mass outbreak of admittedly justifiable hysteria.
Shortly afterwards, in a surprising fit of common sense, the Tyrone match was rearranged for Brewster Park, Enniskillen as the Cavan home grounds are currently out of action.
Cavanagh said: “You love getting the away days and getting down the country. My wee girl Chloe is 11 months now and I’ve been on the go for Tyrone now for 11 years so sometimes it’s nicer to be closer to home as well.
“Obviously we’ve had a few away days now and it can help to bring teams together.”
The back-door route has served Tyrone well down the years and are edging ever closer to booking their spot in the inaugural ‘super eights’.
If Tyrone account for 1/5 outsiders Cavan they will be confident of knocking out an unbeaten provincial finalist and Cavanagh says they are cranking through the gears as we move into the middle of summer.
“It’s massively important to get momentum in time for the quarter-finals. If you get over that first qualifier match you never know where things will end up after that.
“We had a reminder against Monaghan that we needed to up our game. We got another reminder against Meath that if we’re not in form, we’re going to be turned over.”
Tyrone have meanwhile named an unchanegd line-up for the clash at Brewster. The team is N Morgan; P Hamspey; R McNamee; C McCarron; M McKernan; F Burns ; P Harte; C Cavanagh; D McClure; M Donnelly ; N Sludden; C Meyler; C McShane; R Donnelly; C McAliskey
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