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Red Hands are in perfect shape for title tilt, says skipper Devlin


John Campbell

By John Campbell

Tyrone minor captain Niall Devlin believes his side will not be found wanting in the physical stakes when they take on Monaghan in tomorrow's Electric Ireland Ulster Championship decider at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh (4pm).

"Our manager Collie Holmes has been putting a big emphasis on strength and conditioning and his backroom team have been superb in this connection," insists Devlin.

"You have Ryan Daly and Colin Lavery along with Conleith Donnelly and Aaron Grugan and they have all been doing fantastic work. Our conditioning has been brilliant, we feel."

Luke Donnelly, Daniel Fullerton, Sean O'Donnell, Mark Devlin and James Donaghy are key players in the Red Hands.

But Monaghan are not short on talent and will look to Liam McDonald, Karl Gallagher, Jason Irwin and Darragh Treanor for inspiration.

Meanwhile, in the All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship, Armagh skipper Caoimhe Morgan is hoping she will have a dual reason for celebrating today. It marks her 36th birthday and victory over Cavan in Group One would be seen as the perfect present.

In Group Four Tyrone will be without Meabh Woods for their meeting with Mayo, while Jessica Foy returns to the Down side for their clash with Sligo.

In Group Three Section B Derry and Antrim will square up to each other yet again with Saffrons skipper Saoirse Tennyson hoping they can replicate the form they showed in beating Fermanagh.

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