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Saturday 22 September 2018

Harte aims to avoid repeat 'hammering' by Dubs

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte

Mickey Harte is looking forward to the Super 8s as Tyrone welcome reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin to Omagh in two weeks, but only if they show their true colours and banish the demons of 12 months ago.

The Red Hand booked their place in the new-look Super 8s with a comprehensive defeat of a lack-lustre Cork outfit in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise as second-half goals from Connor McAliskey, Ronan O'Neill and Mark Bradley put the gloss on a commanding display.

Roscommon await in their opening tie in Croke Park next weekend, quickly followed by the Dubs in Healy Park on the weekend of July 21/22 and Harte is happy to make their 14th quarter-final in the last 18 seasons.

Their humbling 12-point All-Ireland semi-final loss to the Dubs has not been forgotten, however, and the three-time All-Ireland-winning manager is keen to make amends.

"It was not just about a single game, it was about ensuring your entry into a bit of history in the GAA. We would not have been happy with the team that we have watching others being there who we felt we were better than," Harte said.

Excited

"Dublin have had so many championship games in Croke Park and they have lit up the place so now we are going to see them up in Tyrone and people are going to be very excited about that.

"It is something to look forward to as long as we play to the best of our ability. It won't be very exciting if they come up and hammer us like last year."

As for Ronan McCarthy's Rebels, who had Mark Collins dismissed in the 62nd minute, it was another disastrous day following their Munster final mauling by Kerry and the Cork boss hinted at change.

"The basics of commitment and training, dedication and work and everything else are there but they're not coming out on the pitch and therefore we must go a different way," McCarthy said.

Scorers - Tyrone: C McAliskey 1-6 (4f), R O'Neill 1-2 (0-2f), M Bradley 1-0, C McShane and F Burns 0-3 each, N Sudden 0-2, P Harte (f), C Cavanagh, R Donnelly, M Donnelly 0-1 each.

Cork: L Connolly 0-9 (6f, 0-1 '45), M Collins 0-2, M Hurley, R Deane 0-1 each.

Tyrone: N Morgan; C McCarron, R McNamee, M McKernan; T McCann, F Burns, P Harte; C Cavanagh, P Hampsey; M Donnelly, N Sludden, C Meyler; C McShane, R Donnelly, C McAliskey. Subs: R O'Neill for McAliskey (50), K McGeary for McShane (52), M Bradley for Harte (53), A McCrory for McKernan (55), HP McGeary for McNamee (57), R Brennan for Burns (59).

Cork: M White; J O'Sullivan, J Loughrey, K Crowley; S Cronin, K Flahive, C Kiely; I Maguire, B O'Driscoll; S White, M Collins, R Deane; L Connolly, B Hurley, M Hurley. Subs: K O'Hanlon for O'Sullivan (33 black), P Kerrigan for Cronin (40), D O'Connor for B Hurley (47), M Taylor for O'Driscoll (50), R O'Toole for S White (53), S Ryan for Loughrey (56).

Ref: M Deegan (Laois)

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