OWEN Roes supremo Barry Tracey insists his team will need to improve if they are to reach this year’s Tyrone Intermediate Championship Final.
Yesterday afternoon (Sunday) Roes claimed the North Tyrone bragging rights with a 2-12 to 1-07 quarter-final victory over Urney at Strabane’s Sigerson Park. That win means Owen Roes now lock horns with either Pomeroy or Loughmacrory for a place in the showpiece decider.
Tracey is well aware his charges will have to take it to another level if they harbour ambitions of making further progress.
“We are 65 minutes away from a county final but we will treat it as another game. It’s going to be a massive lift in opposition. Recovery is going to be key this week,” he said.
“We have things to fine tune because there is a lot for us to improve on. I don’t think any team will be quaking in their boots with that performance we put in today. It was enough to get us over the line but will it be enough to get us into a final? I’m not so sure.”
A black card issued to Urney’s Johnny Lafferty at the end of the first half proved the pivotal moment in the eagerly-anticipated derby encounter.
Lafferty, who had scored all of his side’s points in the first half was replaced by Sean Maxwell after he was sent to the sideline by referee Mickey McCann after tangling with an opponent under a high ball.
That enforced switch with the local rivals locked on four points apiece changed the dynamics of the last-eight clash and Owen Roes took full advantage after the interval.
A Cathal McShane goal put daylight between the sides and, despite Aiden Lynch converting a penalty shortly afterwards to reduce the deficit to a solitary point, Barry Tracey’s men had the bit well and truly between their teeth with substitute Michael Dooher grabbing a second goal to kill off the Urney challenge.
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