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Coach maintains Tyrone will come back stronger from loss

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone ladies' manager Gerry Moane said that Sunday's All-Ireland final defeat is just the latest step along the road to senior football, and admitted the county board's decision to fix the men's Championship match between Errigal Ciaran and Carrickmore was 'out of their control.'

Charting the progress of the team from when he took over, he stated: "Let's face it, from where we started, we started in the first day of the league in 2016, nobody wanted to play for Tyrone.

"Things have moved on from there. There is an appetite. There is a goodwill and girls want to play for the county.

"There has been a lot of hard work with strength and conditioning and all those things have been put in place, everything that is necessary to compete at county level, and we are just one year into that project."

Moane believes the county can reach the heights of 2010, when they lost the senior final to Dublin.

"There is so much more in that group, and I kept telling them this year that the only team that would beat them would be themselves," he added.

"They didn't perform to their capabilities and they would be sorely disappointed.

"There is a lot of work to do, but to get to an All-Ireland final in the first year, yes it would have been a great bonus to win it, and maybe it's just telling us that we have a bit more work to do, that we are not far away from senior football.

"But look, that's football, that's sport, and there is no sentiment in sport. There is nothing you can do about it. You just have to let the dust settle and get on with it."

As for the fixture clash, he said: "The fixtures was a bit of a setback but a lot of good work has been done in recent months to eradicate those things.

"It was at the discretion of the fixtures committee to do that, but we didn't make an issue of it. It happens and it is not something we can control."

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