THE hero of the hour Cathal McShane says that the Tyrone team are on a ‘journey’ which will hopefully extend well into the summer months.
The Owen Roes man displayed an otherworldly degree of composure in effectively rescuing Tyrone’s season deep into injury time in Saturday’s first round qualifier win over Meath.
With the whistles of the Meath fans ringing in his ears, McShane casually skipped around the challenge of substitute Eamon Wallace before firing the game into extra-time.
Speaking after the game, McShane said he had no option but to go for glory and in doing so earn Tyrone one almighty reprieve.
“When you get the opportunity you can’t shy away from it, you just have to take it and thankfully it went over the bar. We were glad we got that score and that it went to extra-time and that we kicked on,” he said.
Tyrone eventually won out by 2-14 to 0-19, but it looked like they were going to end up winning comfortably when Harry Loughran found the net in extra-time after a special piece of play from Ronan O’Neill. McShane says the team as a whole played their part with noteworthy performances as well from the likes of Frank Burns, Connor McAliskey and Mattie Donnelly.
“It was a vital score and Ronan O’Neill played a big part in it too, selling the dummy and fisting the ball to the back post. It’s all about the team, we’ve a strong panel here and men coming off the bench made an impact. Every man is out for each other and we see it as a journey and hopefully we can work on it and keep it going.”
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