Harte ready for one more gi­ant hur­dle

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Gaa All-ireland Sfc Qualifiers Round 3 - BY MICHAEL SCULLY

MICKEY HARTE wants more of the same af­ter watch­ing his Ty­rone side ex­plode into life in this year’s Cham­pi­onship.

Af­ter the per­plex­ing dis­play against Done­gal and over-pow­er­ing Long­ford last week but fail­ing to pull away, this big vic­tory was more like it for the Red Hands boss.

“Now we’re only one game away from the last eight and that’s very im­por­tant,” said Harte.

“We now just have to for­get about that game, look at who we get in the draw on Mon­day and pre­pare as dili­gently for them.

“If we can pro­duce a per­for­mance like that, I think we’ll take a bit of beat­ing.”

Harte is con­cerned over the fit­ness of Michael Cas­sidy but be­lieves his match­day op­tions will be strength­ened for next week­end.

“I don’t know what the in­jury was but it will be a pity if he’s not fit to play,” said Harte.

“But Paudie Hampsey is a week nearer to be­ing avail­able again and Richie Don­nelly too. That will give us more strength, whether they start or are on the bench.”

Li­ly­whites boss Cian O’Neill was keep­ing his cards close to his chest in terms of his own fu­ture.

Al­though beaten by 10 points, it was a four-point game un­til the last 10 min­utes.

“It would be dif­fer­ent if they got white­washed there but they got go­ing,” O’Neill said.

“The guys, al­though they’ll be dev­as­tated with the de­feat, they died with their boots on and never stopped try­ing to play.”

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