Casey can point way to a better future as Tyrone eye silverware
Tyrone hot-shot Damian Casey believes his side can strike a further blow for their hurling credibility when they meet Derry in the Ulster Shield final on Sunday.
Casey landed 1-11 for the Red Hands when they overcame Fermanagh by 4-19 to 0-10 in the semi-final at the week-end but is conscious that Collie McGurk's men will represent a much tougher proposition for his team.
"We want to get ourselves into a position where we can challenge the better teams and we see this final as a stepping stone in that direction," explains Casey, "The winners will get to play in the Ulster Championship proper next year and that's where we want to be. We feel we are capable of getting ourselves into a better place but we know that we have to achieve consistency to achieve this."
"Derry are a Division 2B and as such have to be treated with considerable respect."
Along with Pierse O'Kelly, Brian McGurk and skipper Brendan Begley, Casey underpinned Tyrone's handsome win over the Ernesiders with the former duo hitting goals while Casey gave another master-class in finishing..
Derry are equally determined to prove their mettle in the final following a disappointing league campaign. Manager McGurk is wisely not placing too much credence on his side's runaway 6-28 to 0-9 win over Monaghan in the other semi-final in which Ruairi Convery, Ciaran Steele, Paddy Henry and Meehaul McGrath shared in the goal-scoring blitz.
Nonetheless Derry's win and the fact that they have their Slaughtneil players back will bolster confidence going forward.