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Down can rise to the occasion against Red Hands: O'Neill

By John Campbell

Tyrone hope to make the experience they have gained from playing in Division One of the Ulster Ladies Football League count when they face Down in the provincial Intermediate Championship Final at Clones tomorrow (12 noon).

The Red Hands overcame Fermanagh at the semi-final stage but their performance was not as assured as had been anticipated.

They will now come up against a Down side that competed in Division Three but which has already shown that it can respond to a championship challenge.

Manager Conor O'Neill believes that his team can rise to the occasion although he accepts that the experience which Tyrone have gained through playing in a more lofty sector might stand to them.

"We have a goal and that is to try and improve in every game in which we participate. This will be our aim once again for this final and while we respect Tyrone, we have no reason to fear them," says O'Neill. "It's great for these Down players to be in this Ulster final because they have worked really hard to get there and now they want to make the most of their opportunity."

In the Ulster Senior Final, surprise packet Cavan will take on favourites Monaghan. Both teams impressed in their semi-finals with Cavan surprising Donegal and Monaghan recording a landslide victory over Armagh.

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