Casey can point Tyrone's hurlers into a higher tier
When Tyrone and Donegal lock horns in the Allianz Hurling League Division 3 final at Celtic Park, Derry today (2.00pm) it will prove a decider in more ways than one.
The teams have already met twice in the competition, with each side claiming a victory, but today's tie offers the prospect of Division 2B hurling for the winners next year.
It's an opportunity that Tyrone are particularly keen to seize having been thwarted in their bid to step up last year.
"We don't want to sample disappointment again," asserts scoring ace Damien Casey.
Conor Grugan, Justin Kelly, Ryan McKernan and Matthew Mulgrew are other key players in the Red Hands side that will confront a Donegal outfit benefitting considerably from the input of two recent recruits.
Former Armagh player Declan Coulter and Tipperary native David Flynn have brought added firepower to a side that already boasts a fine marksman in Lee Henderson.
Henderson has been the mainstay of Donegal's attack for some time, but is now getting considerable assistance from Coulter and Flynn which means that the Red Hands defence will need to be on its toes today to cope with their combined wiles.
Meanwhile, the Allianz League quarter-finals will be staged tomorrow with Offaly opposing Tipperary, Cork facing Limerick, Galway taking on Waterford and Kilkenny meeting Wexford.