Cathal McShane won’t be treating Rossies any different to Dublin or Donegal.
TYRONE star Cathal McShane insists there will be no danger of the team treating Roscommon with any less respect that their other Super 8 Group 2 opponents.
The exciting new Championship format swings into action this weekend with two bumper days of blockbuster double bill at Croke Park, featuring the eight best teams in the country.
The Red Hands and the Rossies are handed the honour of launching the Super 8s, when they meet at Headquarters on Saturday tea-time, their clash preceding the meeting of the reigning Leinster champions Dublin and Ulster title-holders Donegal.
There is huge anticipation across the county at the prospect of Tyrone welcoming the Dubs to Healy Park in ‘Match Day 2’ the following weekend, before rounding off their Group action with a crunch collision with old adversaries Donegal in Ballybofey in early August.
For now though McShane maintains that Roscommon are Tyrone’s sole focus, even if they might be deemed the most ‘unfashionable’ of the counties they are set to lock horns with.
“No way will we be underestimating them or looking ahead to the other two matches,” he said.
“Roscommon are a very experienced team and have been involved in the latter stages the last few years wining a couple of Connacht titles.
“ They were also in the Division Two Final this year and impressed beating Cavan. They racked up plenty of good scores there. Against Galway if they had been more clinical they could have come away with a better result too. We will need to prepare just as well for them as Dublin or Donegal.”
The Owen Roes ace struck three points from play as the Red Hands routed Cork in sunny Portlaoise in Round 4 of the Qualifiers last Saturday, 3-20 to 0-13. Few were predicting such a procession in the run-up to the match, given Tyrone’s poor track record against the Rebels.
McShane for one was expecting a backlash from the Leesiders after their hammering against Kerry in the Munster Final just a fortnight previously.
“ We thought coming down that it was going to be tough. We know that Cork lost to Kerry and as the scoreline suggests that Kerry won easy enough in the end.
“ We were expecting Cork to go out and give it a real go and produce something of a backlash. We thought they would put in a good performance but we couldn’t worry about them.
“ We were just worried about ourselves. The conditions were tough again with the heat. It took us a while to get going but in the second half we settled down and got the scores we needed to get over the line.”
Tomorrow’s game throws-in at 5pm.
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Posted: 2:33 pm July 13, 2018