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Canavan's words of wisdom prove further boost to Tyrone starlets


Legend: Peter Canavan is guiding Red Hands youngsters
Legend: Peter Canavan is guiding Red Hands youngsters
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Tyrone minor football team captain Niall Devlin believes that his team can derive additional inspiration from a legendary source in their bid to make it a provincial league and championship double.

It was in beating Monaghan last weekend that the Red Hands side took delivery of the league trophy and now as they step up their preparations for the forthcoming championship game against Donegal, Devlin reveals that Peter Canavan is helping to give the side a lift.

A student at Holy Trinity College in Cookstown where Canavan is on the teaching staff, Devlin is adamant that with the excellent work being undertaken by manager Collie Holmes and the quiet guidance of Canavan, his side will be well prepared for their assault on the Ulster Championship title.

"Collie is doing a superb job for us and Peter is proving a big help in terms of motivation. He takes an interest in all the teams at our school and he is always passionate about seeing Tyrone teams at whatever level give a good account of themselves," states Devlin.

Tyrone went through the league undefeated but Devlin anticipates that there will be bigger challenges ahead in the championship.

"We were a wee bit wary going into the league but the team stuck together and we formed a great bond which we think will stand to us now," reveals Devlin.

"We know that going to Ballybofey to face Donegal in our first match will be anything but easy but I think we will be up for the challenge.

"It is going to be a very tough match no matter how you look at it. We played Donegal in the league and it proved to be a very tight game. We managed to get over the line by a narrow margin and I think it will be very close again.

"It's a level playing field and we know that Donegal will be very keen to avenge their league defeat especially as they will be at home."

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