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Three things Tyrone must get right this summer

Tyrone face Monaghan on Sunday in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final, with questions surrounding the Red Hands.


2021 All-Ireland champions Tyrone enter the championship fray this weekend, as they face neighbours Monaghan in a bumper Ulster Championship quarter-final.

The Red Hands endured a torrid 2022 campaign, as they mounted a weak defence of both the Anglo-Celt and Sam Maguire Cups.

But that run two years ago showed that when this team is at their best, they can beat any side in the game. So what needs to happen for Tyrone to claim silverware this summer?

Cathal McShane must find a spark

The Owen Roes club man is one of the most dangerous forwards in the game. At his best, he is borderline unplayable.

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But he was marginalised at stages throughout the Allianz League campaign, as Brian Dooher and Feargal Logan struggled to get the best out of the marksman.

If McShane finds form, and Tyrone find a system that maximises his influence, they will not be found wanting up front.

One of the county’s greatest talents will be wasted however, if his productivity remains relatively low.

Consistency is key

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Tyrone managed to spring to life in March when their backs were against the wall.

After losing three of their opening four games, they were in a relegation battle.

With All-Ireland champions Kerry coming to town, they were in desperate need of a result. They produced just that, besting the Kingdom, 1-15 to 2-9. They closed out the campaign with wins over Monaghan and Armagh to finish in the top half of the Division 1 table.

During that run, they looked worlds apart from the team that were hammered by Mayo in round four.

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They will need to find a consistency of performance levels if they are to make their mark in the championship.

A bounce from the bench

Panel depth was key in their unlikely run to the All-Ireland two years ago. But much has been made of the numerous departures since then. And Conor McKenna’s return to Australia was the latest setback.

Granted they have had significant underage success, but it remains to be seen whether Tyrone have the reserves to impact games going down the home straight.

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That will be key in what promises to be a gruelling campaign, in which injuries are likely to play a part.

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