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Promoted Tyrone will keep foot on the gas

By Declan Bogue

Published 15/03/2016

Colm Cavanagh: 'It is always a tough game any time Tyrone play Armagh. There is the local rivalry and it has been a great tradition down through the years'
Colm Cavanagh: 'It is always a tough game any time Tyrone play Armagh. There is the local rivalry and it has been a great tradition down through the years'

Of the 24 teams chasing promotion in the Allianz Football League, Tyrone are the first to achieve their goal after their resounding 1-17 to 1-11 win over Meath in Navan.

So, the Red Hands can look forward to the top-flight in 2017, with two more regulation games still to play - against neighbours Armagh and Fermanagh - before the Division Two final in Croke Park.

For Colm Cavanagh, the Moy man living on the Armagh border, there will be no let up in their penultimate game against Kieran McGeeney's strugglers. Armagh need a win from their last two games - against Tyrone and Derry - to be in with a shout of survival.

"It is always a tough game any time Tyrone play Armagh. There is the local rivalry and it has been a great tradition down through the years," Cavanagh said.

"I would say it would be no different. They will come with great intensity to try and get a result, we will just have to bring the same and see where it takes us."

Once again, Tyrone used the maximum number of substitutes permitted. The quality of the bench has been met with effusive praise from Cavanagh.

"Every team is going to use their bench to the full capacity in the modern game," he explained.

"You do that game in, game out. The fitness levels of lads nowadays means that the guys coming on need to be ready to make a good impact.

"For guys who aren't starting, every minute of gametime counts. On a different day, they might have a different role."

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