Tyrone senior hurling manager Mattie Lennon is well aware his players face a formidable challenge when they square up to Derry in tomorrow’s (Sunday) Ulster Shield Final at Carrickmore (1pm).
It’s the second final in three weeks for the Red Hands who were convincingly beaten by Donegal in the NHL Division 3A League decider a fortnight ago.
Tyrone however bounced back in easily accounting for Fermanagh in the Shield semi-final and now face the highly-fancied Oak Leafers, who thumped Monaghan, this weekend.
“They are in Division 2B and they have been playing in the Ulster Senior Championship up until this year so they will be a massive test for us,” said Lennon.
“That said I know our boys can compete with the best on their day. These are the games you want to be involved in.
“If we are to progress in this game we need to be competing against the likes of Derry.”
Lennon will assess the fitness of several players ahead of the Ulster Final. Sean Og Grogan remains a major doubt.
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