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Tyrone road to final was costly: Harte

 

Straight talk: Tyrone boss Mickey Harte yesterday
Straight talk: Tyrone boss Mickey Harte yesterday
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte lost no time in highlighting the problems that most county team bosses face at this time of the year in the immediate aftermath of his team's 2-16 to 1-10 Dr McKenna Cup semi-final win over Down at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh yesterday.

With Donegal's withdrawal from yesterday's other semi-final with Monaghan because of the unavailability of a raft of players having cast something of a shadow over the competition, Harte revealed that Tyrone have had their own problems to cope with.

"We were without eight players for this semi-final with Down because they were involved in Sigerson Cup football and we have some key players injured, while others are unavailable for other reasons," stressed Harte.

"It is not possible for us all to have our wishes and preferences granted. I think every county has to live with the situation in which it finds itself.

"Obviously the Sigerson Cup is an expanded competition now but I believe the idea now is to have this and other competitions completed within the calendar year."

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