Tyrone are preparing for their first Division Two Final since 1973 when they defeated Wicklow before embarking on a highly successful year. Hopes will be high that similar progress can be made in 2012 as the season gathers pace.
Their opponents Kildare progressed to the final thanks to a draw against Galway, secured in the most dramatic fashion possible when they scored a late equalising penalty.
Under the management of Kieran McGeeney, the Lilywhites have been making impressive strides forward. However, like Tyrone, they will be targeting championship success, something which has largely eluded the Leinster side on both the provincial and All-Ireland stages.
Victory over Monaghan before an attendance of 4100 highlighted Tyrone’s superiority in the division. The result condemned the Farney men to Division Three, although the winning margin may have been slightly flattering according to Aidan Cassidy.
“It was good to have completed the league with another win but we’ll not be getting carried away with anything that has been achieved so far in the McKenna Cup and National League. The league final is going to be another step up for us and then there’s the championship.
“Armagh are just around the corner in Ulster and I suppose the final against Kildare is going to be fairly tough. We got away with a win, but during that match it wasn’t so easy.”