Fegal Logan has Under-21 title in sights for Tyrone
A look of utter relief spread right across the face of Feargal Logan straight after his Tyrone under-21 side had beaten Armagh at a sodden Kingspan Breffni Park last Wednesday night.
Twelve months before, Tyrone arrived at the same ground and left chastened by defeat to Cavan. Little wonder then that the midday venue change from Brewster Park to Breffni caused a minor heart flutter.
"When I heard about Breffni today and thought of last year, I remember the desolation in here last year," said Logan.
"There was a similar amount of work, we started a bit later because of the appointment time and stuff, but it's a different picture, thankfully, here tonight."
That result has them in tonight's final against a dangerous-looking Donegal side, well coached in the house style by Maxi Curran, a prominent member of Donegal's senior backroom team from 2011 to 2013 and includes senior players Ryan and Eoin McHugh, Darach O'Connor and Hugh McFadden.
The game throws in at Celtic Park tonight at 8pm and Donegal are seeking their first title at this level since Jim McGuinness was manager in 2010.
For Tyrone, it would be their first since 2006 but they have not wanted for the quality of management; Logan being joined by selectors Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan, with strength and conditioning coach Peter Donnelly.
"People disregard this grade a wee bit and it leaves it very stop-start and very difficult. But for teams to play well they need to play together and they need to develop. Players need to be in a group that bonds," he said.
Despite that, he hands the favourites tag to Curran's men, adding: "They are a team coming through. This is their third final in a row and Donegal will be strong favourites."