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Rematch with Celtic was highlight for Tyrone boss

WHILE Wednesday’s thrilling 4-3 victory over Celtic at Coleraine showgrounds will live long in the memory for everyone involved with Tyrone, Premier boss David Harvey said the SuperCupNI highlight for him was the rematch on the Thursday which ended up with the Glasgow giants winning on penalties after the under-17s stormed back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Scroggy Road Limavady.

Tyrone went into the second meeting of the teams without three star performers Ben Gallagher, owing to confusion over a suspension, Ronan McAleer and Zach Ferson and a wounded Celtic responded from their defeat just 24 hours earlier by racing into a two-goal lead.

But Tyrone responded in magnificent fashion with Ethan Magee pulling a goal back from a well worked free kick delivered by Tomas Matthews.

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Matthews was also the provider for the equaliser with Olivia Guterres spinning off his marker to head home from close range.

Granted Tyrone were defeated 4-1 in the dreaded shootout but Harvey insisted the come back epitomised the character and desire of his players.

“There is no doubt that Celtic were out to do us, they were hurting after that 4-3 defeat,” he said.

“Thursday’s performance was the highlight for me.

“We were missing three key players and yet we managed to come back from two goals down.

“That was true character and in some ways it showed what we were all about.

“Three times during the week we came from two goals down, twice to draw and once to win. In normal time were unbeaten all week.

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“Of course no one is going to forget the 4-3 win over Celtic but the entire week was about so much more.”

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