A super-charged crowd in the stands and pumped-up opposition on the pitch await Tyrone out west this Saturday evening, Kieran McGeary has warned.
For the second year running the Red Hands set out on their Super 8 adventures against Roscommon, but unlike in 2018 when the Ulster side romped to a facile 4-24 to 2-12 triumph at Croke Park, this time the match is being played at the Rossies home patch in the ‘Hyde’.
And another notable difference this season, McGeary notes, is the fact that Roscommon come into this encounter buoyed by stunning both Mayo and Galway enroute to the Connacht title, since when they have had four weeks to ready themselves for the All-Ireland Quarter-Finals.
Tyrone have already crossed swords with the Rossies away in the League this season, and McGeary accepts the visitors were fortunate to emerge from that February clash with a share of the spoils.
“We weren’t thinking of Roscommon before we beat Cavan, but now we have them, we have them down there.
“We went there in the League this year and you know how lucky we were to get out of there with a draw. We could have easily have been beaten.
“They’re provincial winners, sitting on a high, and we have had to go through the back door, so bookies will rightly favour Roscommon, and rightly so. They’re a great team, they’re a fantastic county, they’ll have loads of support, and they’ll all be buzzing, they’ll be waiting for us.”
McGeary, who produced another excellent performance in Tyrone’s demolition of Cavan in Round 4 of the Qualifiers last Saturday at Clones, is looking forward to the outset of the Super 8s, with Tyrone grouped alongside, Roscommon, Cork and Dublin.
The Pomeroy stars added that the team will treat every opposition with the same degree of respect, even though reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin are expected to top the table
“Let people assume that. It’s only right that they do think that. They are All-Ireland champions, they are the team that they are.
“We will be targeting every single game the exact same way, down in Roscommon, we’ll be going to Croke Park against Cork and then we invite Dublin to Healy Park.
“So we will be taking every game with the exact same mind-frame. We will be taking Roscommon first, and we’ll see where we get with that game.”
FULL STORY WAS IN THURSDAY’S PAPER