Maguire says Tyrone need target practice

Tyrone players Damien Maguire and Christopher Cross with fans Dermott and Ryan Love, Oisin, Cara Eion Kerlin

TYRONE captain Damian Maguire expects a tough challenge from the Exiles, a contest that could go right to the wire.

He will be demanding of his players that they perform at a high tempo right to the end, just as they did in the first round win over Leitrim.

They shot 12 first half wides against Leitrim, and it was only in the second half that they began to find the target with consistency.

“We need to work on our shooting, it just wasn’t there at times, and we were probably a bit lax at times, under the high ball. But we’ll work on that at training an try to rectify those things.

“We hadn’t had a game in a month, and that showed a but in the first half, probably a bit of nerves from the boys too, but we always knew we were good enough.”

Strength in depth is one of Tyrone’s most important assets, and the team captain believes a telling input from the extended squad will be required if they are to lift silverware. A raft of impressive substitutes made a big impact when introduced against Leitrim, and Maguire expects more of the same this weekend.

“That’s what we want every day, subs coming on an pushing the other boys. We said that before the match that there were going to be five boys going on.  Seamus Hagan came on and scored a goal and a couple of points, Jason Patton came on and made a difference, Chris Cross as well..”


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