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All-Ireland Championship: Dublin face the might of Moy

By John Campbell

The Moy club will provide one-fifth of the Tyrone side that will confront Dublin in Saturday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park, Dublin.

Sean and Colm Cavanagh, along with Philip Jordan will line up against Pat Gilroy’s side, determined to make up for the Red Hands defeat at the hands of the Dubs at the same stage of the competition last year.

While Sean lined out at full-forward, Colm joined Kevin Hughes at midfield and the ever-present Jordan, a fixture in the side for so many years now, highlighted a fine personal performance by whipping over two points.

Now the Moy trio are intent on bringing Tyrone into an All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Donegal, the team that ruined their prospects of making it three Ulster crowns on the trot this year.

But thoughts of a second confrontation with Jim McGuinness’ side are far from the their minds as they focus on what Sean Cavanagh refers to as a “massive challenge.”

Well accustomed to gracing the Croke Park stage, he nonetheless concedes that Dublin will be buoyed not only by the fact that they have again won the Leinster crown, but by the spur of making it back-to-back wins over the Red Hands in the closing stages of the All-Ireland series.

“Dublin will be fired up for this one, there is no doubt about that. Up until last Saturday all our energies were being channelled into Roscommon but the focus switched as soon as the full-time whistle sounded in that game. We know this is a real big one for us,” admits the 28-year-old dynamo who is currently playing some of the best football of his career.

The same can be said of his brother Colm whose contribution in the middle third of the park proved vital to Tyrone’s win over Roscommon last Saturday.

His versatility, aerial ability and predatory instincts are bringing an extra dimension to Tyrone’s overall game plan right now. Yet he is prepared to give the credit to others for the team’s defiant march following the criticism to which they were objected earlier in the year.

“Sean scored a couple of goals against Roscommon and Philip Jordan was immense again. They will be very important players against Dublin and we are all looking forward very much to playing at Croke Park again. It’s where you want to be performing at this time of the year,” insists Colm.

In losing to the Dubs by 1-15 to 0-13 in the corresponding match last year, Tyrone shot a surprising number of wides.

The promising emanating from Moy is that the team will have their shooting boots along with them on Saturday.

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