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Casey still ready to lead from the front for Tyrone

By John Campbell

Tyrone hurling skipper Damien Casey certainly knows how to lead by example.

The Eoghan Ruadh clubman is currently the team's top scorer while his motivational skills have helped the side win the Allianz League Division 3B title and reach today's Nicky Rackard Cup final against Roscommon.

Casey is the key figure in a Red Hands attack that manager Mattie Lennon hopes will fire on all cylinders today against a tenacious, resilient Roscommon outfit that has made life difficult for more fancied sides to date this term.

Tyrone's fast, direct approach has stood them in good stead, though, and as well as Casey carrying a huge threat up front, Conor Grogan, Tiernan Morgan, Aidan Kelly, Stephen Donnelly and Martin Devlin are other vital cogs in the side.

In overcoming Sligo in the quarter-finals, Tyrone showed their ability last the distance as the match went into extra-time and also highlighted the fact that they have useful resources on their bench.

Meanwhile, in the other semi-final Donegal will face Fingal where they will be hoping to maintain their recent fine form.

Ray Durack's side have turned in some impressive performances and with home advantage at Letterkenny they can take another decisive step towards silverware.

In a relegation play-off in the same competition, Monaghan will face Sligo.

The Yeats County made Tyrone fight all the way in their semi-final and could have enough left in the tank to send Monaghan tumbling into the Lory Meagher Cup next term.

Monaghan finished fourth in Division 3A of the league after beating both Roscommon and Louth but lost to Longford, Donegal and Fermanagh.

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