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Holmes has his Tyrone young guns fired up in bid to rule Ulster

 

By John Campbell

Former Tyrone player Colin Holmes is certainly doing his bit to nurture fresh talent within the county.

The Moy native, who wore the Red Hand jersey with distinction between 1996 and 2009, winning three All-Ireland medals and five Ulster Championship honours, is in charge of the Tyrone side that will face Cavan in tomorrow's Ulster U17 football final at Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan (11.45am).

The match is of considerable importance in a wider context as from next year the U17 series will supersede the current minor championship as the flagship under-age competition.

Tyrone beat Down by 0-15 to 0-11 in the semi-final, with Cavan easing out Antrim by 5-11 to 2-11.

The young Red Hands possess a rich raft of scoring talent with Darragh Canavan, Thomas Hoy and Daniel Millar key players alongside Michael Conroy and Cormac Donnelly.

Manager Holmes believe the manner in which his side closed the game out against Down will stand to them tomorrow.

"I thought they put up a good defensive performance against what was a talented Down side who had lots of pace and a solid work rate," said Holmes.

Meanwhile, Ulster eyes will focus on Pearse Stadium, Salthill where Galway and Mayo will meet in a Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final.

Mayo beat Tyrone in last year's All-Ireland quarter-finals and are ready to make their annual bid to end their lengthy All-Ireland title famine, while Galway, who gained promotion in the league, will be seeking to clinch back-to-back provincial titles.

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