Saturday 20 January 2018

Dubs' all-round display impresses Tyrone captain

TYRONE have been long-time residents in Division 1 of the National Football League.

"Our first aim every year is to retain our Division 1 status," outlines their centre half-back and captain, Neamh Woods.

"And that is still the target as we head into our last game now in a couple of weeks." The Drumragh player admitted that it was a demanding Donnycarney day against the Dubs last Sunday.

"It was very tough out there, and the score-line probably reflects that.

"Dublin are far ahead of us in terms of their preparation. They are very fit, very fast and very strong. And we found it very difficult to cope with that."

Dublin produced eight unanswered scores, including a goal, to take a firm grip on the hour by the time Tyrone scored their second point on 18 minutes.

They managed two points after the tea, a free from Joline Donnelly and a point from play by Cathy Donnelly.

Yet, no matter how steep the hill got, Tyrone kept going. They played with spirit.

And that kind of resolve will serve them well in the Ulster Championship.

"The Ulster Championship is very competitive," says Neamh.

"We play Cavan in the first round. That is going to be tough and we can't look beyond that."

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