Cavanagh highlights Tyrone’s strength in depth

Victory in the Ulster Final should be the start of an exciting week for Colm Cavanagh

A BRILLIANT few days for the Cavanagh clan is set to get even better this week with an addition to the famous Moy family dynasty.
Sean skippered Tyrone to another Anglo-Celt crown yesterday in what is set to be his final Ulster Championship tie, while younger brother Colm produced another whole-hearted effort in the county cause.
Colm joined his elder sibling and niece Aoife under the Gerry Arthurs Stand to raise the famous provincial trophy in front of thousands of adoring Tyrone supporters on the St Tiernach’s Park pitch and he said, his memorable week has another exciting chapter yet to unfold.
“It was a fantastic moment for Sean in what might be his last Ulster game. Hopefully it’s a good week for myself too as the wife is due to give birth, so it could be a great week for the Cavanagh household.”
Colm praised the strength and sheer quality of resources at the disposal of Mickey Harte, who was clinching a sixth Ulster SFC crown as manager of his native county. Again the impact of the second half substitutes proved pivotal in eventually quashing Down’s resistance.
“We have a fantastic team and fantastic bench with everybody fighting for positions. It’s a battle to get on the 26 nevermind the first 15. We are replacing like for like most times. There were a lot of boys on the bench probably disappointed not to start today. Boys who didn’t start today like Ronan O’Neill and Declan McClure have put themselves out there. They really shone when they came on and got us over the line.”
While Tyrone can rest up now as they wait to see who their All-Ireland Quarter-Final opponents will be on Saturday August 5, Cavanagh insists that they are far from the finished product.
“We have been working on things for the last number of years. It’s hard to say whether we have the right balance at the minute but things are working well. We are attacking well and defending well. We are happy with the way we are going.
“We had about 16 or 17 scoring chances in the first half and missed a lot. We can’t afford to be repeating that against whoever we play in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. They’ll be out of sight if that happens. Yes we are playing well and seem to have a good balance but like any team it is a work in progress.”

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