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Duffy pulls no punches with shoot-out format criticism

By Staff Reporter

For the second year in succession, Tyrone find themselves battling for hurling credibility today.

This time last year the Red Hands were beaten 2-16 to 2-12 by Donegal in a Division 2B play-off and today they will bid to retain their status in Division 3A when they meet Fermanagh in a promotion/relegation shoot-out at Ballyshannon.

The fact that teams which win their respective division in the lower echelons of the Allianz League face another game is now a bone of contention.

Fermanagh joint-manager Sean Duffy certainly pulls no punches on this vexed subject.

"There is no reason why the two tiers in Division Three cannot come together. It's unfair to ask sides to play another game after they have clearly won their division on merit," said Duffy.

Nonetheless, his Fermanagh side are prepared for what they see as a seminal mission.

A win would see them enter Division 3A and provide a further opportunity for honing the raft of talent coming through.

Sean Corrigan, John Paul McGarry and Ryan Bogue are among the Erne team's key players. For Daniel Teague, the match will be his second outing in the county colours within a week following his stirring exploits when he was introduced as a substitute in the football team in their crucial draw against Tyrone last Sunday that secured their place in Division Two for another year.

Teague will find himself at the heart of the action against a Tyrone side that will look to skipper Damien Casey and Conor Grugan for inspiration.

When manager Kevin Ryan took over at the start of the year, he had cause to lament the fact that several players had turned their backs on the team.

Victory could perhaps see a revival in interest in hurling within what is a football-mad county.

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