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Sunday 19 August 2018

Harte plots revenge on Dubs

Tyrone boss studied 2017 semi loss 'inside out'

SEMI HURT: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will be anxious to get one over Dublin after defeats in Omagh in February and in last year’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final
SEMI HURT: Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will be anxious to get one over Dublin after defeats in Omagh in February and in last year’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final

Mickey Harte says he has studied last year's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin in microscopic detail and knows the game "inside out", as he prepares his Tyrone team to welcome Jim Gavin's to Omagh next Saturday night.

"If you didn't study that game and try to learn how we found ourselves in that position, then we would be sleepwalking into a challenge which is, if not the same, even bigger than last year," said Harte of last year's 12-point defeat.

Harte stressed that Tyrone had been "reminded" of the manner of that Croke Park drubbing "many times since", adding: "We're well aware of what we're thought of because of that."

Supporters wishing to attend are facing a scramble for tickets this week, with Healy Park's attendance reduced to 17,500 and the Dublin County Board receiving an allocation of roughly 4,000, out of which their Parnell Park Pass holders will be accommodated.

A tiny number of tickets will now be distributed through the clubs. A limited supply from the GAA's official retail partners were snapped up by late yesterday morning.

Additionally, Dublin's season ticket holders are entitled to a ticket, although correspondence from Croke Park yesterday warned subscribers to the scheme they were not guaranteed a seat "due to a limited stand capacity".

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