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We won't rest on our laurels, says Donnelly

By Declan Bogue

Having picked up the man of the match award for a four-point kicking display when Tyrone beat Derry in Owenbeg during the Dr McKenna Cup, Richie Donnelly repeated the feat again on Saturday night with another quartet of sweet points and the personal gong.

Asked if he would like to make it a hat-trick in their Ulster Championship tie on May 22, the Trillick man replied: "I definitely would but it's not going to be as easy as it has been. May 22 is a long way away and it's going to be a very tough challenge. This second result will have no bearing on it whatsoever and it's a bigger challenge and a different day."

As for the overall performance of his team-mates in their nine-point win, Donnelly was cautiously satisfied, in the way that conscientious young players can be.

Tyrone do not want to be seen to be gloating with plenty of time for Derry to get things right between now and the height of the summer in Celtic Park.

Donnelly said: "We didn't get the start that we were hoping for but we reacted well to the circumstances that we found ourselves in and we pushed on and never looked like slowing up towards the end."

Over the course of the last four months, Tyrone have beaten Derry four times. Should results go in their favour, the Oak Leafers could still meet the Red Hands in the Division Two final.

Next up for Tyrone, however, is Meath on Sunday in Navan.

Donnelly added: "Going down to Meath is going to be as tough as you would get but we are looking forward to it and hopefully we can build on the display against Derry.

"We aren't thinking of a league final at all, it's all about the next seven days and how we can prepare for the game in Navan."

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