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Chief Kerr urges fans to roar Tyrone into the Super-8s

 

By John Campbell

Tyrone's chances of making it a hat-trick of Ulster titles for the first time in their history may have been jettisoned following that quarter-final defeat to Monaghan, but county board chairman Michael Kerr is now urging fans to get behind the side in their bid to make headway through the qualifiers.

They may have been stretched to the limit in overcoming Meath last weekend but Kerr still believes that the Red Hands can make it into the Super-8s.

"Mickey Harte takes one match at a time, and I know his focus right now is on the game against Carlow on Saturday week, but I believe that a place in the Super-8s is a possibility for this Tyrone side," stated Kerr.

"Nobody could ever have foreseen some of the results that popped up in Ulster and this shows that Championship football can be unpredictable.

"If we do manage to get into the Super-8s it would give us three more matches on a league basis which would be a new challenge.

"For now, I would like to see everyone get behind the side."

Kerr is convinced that there has been an "evening out" in standards in Ulster and this was reflected in recent weeks.

"Maybe not too many people would have predicted that Down and Fermanagh would reach the last four of the Ulster title race. This only goes to show Ulster is still a very competitive series," insisted Kerr.

His plea to the fans to get behind the side is endorsed by Cathal McShane, who scored the all-important last-second point that earned the Red Hands a draw at the end of normal time against Meath on Saturday.

Tyrone lived dangerously again in the two phases of extra-time before they came out on top by 2-14 to 0-19.

"We're all in this together, it's the team that counts," declared McShane. "We have boys who came off the bench and did their bit and we will have players coming back from injury and suspension for the game against Carlow.

"We know we are going to have to work hard if we are to make further progress."

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