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Pride must be the spur for Tyrone: Devlin

 

Talented: Darragh Canavan will pose a major threat
Talented: Darragh Canavan will pose a major threat
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Tyrone Under-20s football manager Paul Devlin is urging his players to consider wearing the county team jersey as "a special thing".

The Red Hands will confront Cavan in the second of the Ulster Under-20 Championship semi-finals at St Tiernach's Park, Clones today (2.45) and Devlin believes that pride and commitment should underscore his team's approach in their bid to land the provincial title.

"It's a special thing to wear the Tyrone jersey and I think my players respect this," points out Devlin.

"Legends of the past have worn it with pride and now this present generation of up and coming players are getting the chance to make their mark."

In the quarter-finals, Tyrone were forced to stave off a strong second-half surge from Down before edging to a 2-11 to 1-12 victory, while Cavan stunned a fancied Monaghan.

Devlin can look to players such as Darragh Canavan, Mark McKearney, Tiarnan Quinn, Matthew Murnaghan, Sean Og McAleer and skipper Ruairi Gormley to fire up his side.

Cavan boss John Brady was elated to see his side hurdle Monaghan but accepts that Tyrone will be an even stiffer test for his Breffni boys.

"We have to step up a gear if we are to have any chance against what is a good Tyrone side," points out Brady.

Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Group One today, Antrim will face Kildare at Newbridge (5.00), while in Group Two, Down will take on Carlow at Newry (3.00), with Derry travelling to Gorey to face Wexford (3.00).

Down aim to follow up their recent victory over Laois by getting the better of Carlow in order that they can further boost their title bid.

Catherine McGourty, Karen McMullan, Fionnuala Carr, Niamh Mallon and Sorcha McCartan can prove key players against a Carlow side that will be particularly anxious to bolster their status having lost by 4-18 to 0-8 to Derry.

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