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Dubs will punish any mistakes, warns Tyrone's Cavanagh

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone haven't always had the greatest of records in Healy Park, but they were something of a rarity over the weekend - the only home side in Division One to win in the opening round of the National League.

It didn't go unnoticed with their midfielder-cum-sweeper Colm Cavanagh after the victory over Roscommon. He reflected: "When you are at home you always expect a victory and always want a victory and we did that and hopefully we can build on this going forward in our remaining games at Healy Park."

This Saturday, they have their most glamorous fixture of the league campaign when they take on defending champions Dublin in Croke Park. The intensity shown in Tyrone's victory over Roscommon will be required.

"Dublin are going to be warm favourites, there is no doubting that as they are the reigning league and All-Ireland champions," Cavanagh insisted.

"We are going to have to up our intensity level and we are going to have to cut out a lot of mistakes that we made here.

"There were a lot of unforced errors on our behalf, a lot of possession given away and that is something that we will have to work on this week because Dublin are one team that will punish you."

Looking ahead to training this week in Garvaghey, he said: "I am sure that we will do a bit of video work that will highlight those issues and hopefully we will improve next week.

"It's the old cliché that we are taking each game as it comes. We got the two points and we will be looking for another two points next weekend and we can take it from there.

"At the moment it's all about getting enough points to consolidate our position in Division One and then we can take it from there."

At present, Matthew Donnelly's participation in Saturday night's game is in question after he was forced off after 15 minutes against Roscommon with concussion from a head injury.

"He would be a massive loss if he isn't able to play," Cavanagh acknowledged.

"Mattie has been one of our best players for the last number of years so to lose him would be a big blow but we have a good squad and if he isn't there then whoever comes in will be able to do a job for us.

"It potentially gives the opportunity for someone else to come in and stake a claim for a starting place."

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