Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Tyrone can help others bidding for promotion

Tyrone are the only team in the Allianz Football League certain of their destiny in the competition.

The Red Hands have already won promotion into Division One, their five wins on the trot having propelled them well ahead of the chasing pack.

Yet although they have good reason to bask in their new-found status, the Tyrone players have already been made fully aware by manager Mickey Harte that they can play a big part in fashioning the eventual fortunes of other teams.

And in particular they could have a substantial influence on just where their Ulster neighbours Monaghan and Derry play their football in the 2013 league.

Both these sides still have an outside chance of claiming the second promotion slot in Division Two, but equally they could still find themselves marooned in the relegation mire.

Tonight Tyrone will host a Meath side that has lost its last three matches and should the O’Neill County make it 11 wins in as many games since the start of the year they will do Derry and Monaghan a huge favour.

Then in their last scheduled match on April 8 the Red Hands will take on Monaghan in a repeat of last year’s first round Ulster Championship tie which Tyrone won.

On the same day, Derry will be in with a reasonable chance of beating Westmeath, even though that match is in Mullingar.

It all adds up to a nail-biting climax in terms of just who will claim the second promotion spot and which two teams will go down, but Tyrone boss Mickey Harte remains unmoved.

“It will be our aim to keep winning matches,” says Harte.

Peter Harte, Owen Mulligan, Sean Cavanagh and Martin Penrose will again be key Tyrone figures for a match which could have serious repercussions for Meath.

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