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McNamee is aiming high with Tyrone

 

By Declan Bogue

The Allianz League may not even be a week old for Tyrone but already this weekend's fixture at home to Mayo has the feel of a must-win game, says their full-back Ronan McNamee.

Mickey Harte's Red Hands are without any points after last Sunday's poor showing against Kerry in Killarney, where it took them 50 minutes to score from play.

Harte has rolled the dice by putting in Trillick's prolific Lee Brennan to start tomorrow.

The race for the league title, with Dublin seeking to appear in their seventh consecutive final, has been blown wide open by Monaghan's win over the four-in-a-row All-Ireland champions in Clones last Sunday.

"Everybody is going to be striving to beat Dublin again this year," said McNamee of Dublin, who they lost last September's All-Ireland final to on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-14.

"They're the benchmark and have set it pretty high and it's up to everyone else to try and reach that."

Looking ahead to the crucial fixture in Omagh, he said: "We'll start with Mayo on Sunday and take things game by game and see where it takes us. It's difficult losing any final, especially an All-Ireland final, but you've no option except to get going."

Harte renews acquaintances with Mayo boss James Horan, who is back for another spell.

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