Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Davy at the Harte-beat of Tyrone’s push for third title

Davy Harte’s admiration for Kerry may be unstinting - but that won't deflect him from doing his utmost to scupper their cherished three-in-a-row dream.

Tyrone's dynamic right-half-back plays his football as he lives his life - quietly and without fuss.

Yet his shy, modest demeanour cannot mask the fact that he is without doubt one of the most outstanding players of his generation, a vital cog in a Tyrone side that have become particularly adept at re-writing the record books.

For all-action Davy, the emotion he experienced at the end of the 2005 final against the Kingdom is the perfect catalyst for another stunning triumph next Sunday against Pat O'Shea's side.

"The feeling a player experiences in the i mmediate aftermath of winning an All Ireland final is to my mind indescribable," says Davy.

"It's a wonderful emotion, a great surge of satisfaction and pride that makes all the training and sacrifice well worthwhile."

No one is keener to experience that feeling again than Davy, yet he recognises that only a supreme overall effort by the Tyrone side will allow him to enter a sporting paradise once again.

"Kerry's record in All Ireland finals speaks for itself. They have won the last two, they're going for three on the trot and they have thirty-five titles in all. If that's not pedigree, then I don't know what is," points out Davy.

But while Kerry lord it on the statistics front, Tyrone will have no inhibitions in terms of trying to dislodge them from their current perch.

"We know about Kerry's style and approach but our focus will be on our own game plan. We have our strengths and assets and we will want to make the most of these. Kerry surely have quality players and a sharp strategy but they have not had everything their own way over the summer. We are in the right frame of mind to halt them," suggests Davy.

It is possible that he may find himself in direct opposition to Paul Galvin, the Kerry skipper who is due to return to action on Sunday after a three months suspension for knocking the notebook from the hands of referee Paddy Russell in the Munster Championship semi-final.

But the prospect of squaring up to "anyone in a green and gold jersey" holds no fears for the quiet-spoken Davy.

"I will try and do whatever job the manager asks me to do. Hopefully we will hit our best form and maybe get a few breaks on the day into the bargain," he smiles.

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