Tyrone balance improving, says Harte

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Tyrone balance improving, says Harte thumbnailBallygawley youngster Ciaran McAleer leads the Tyrone team out with Peter Harte and Mattie Donnelly when they faced Kerry at Healy Park.

TYRONE manager Mickey Harte believes the balance between defence and attack in his tactical strategy is improving.

The Red Hands have been racking up the scores in recent weeks as they scored three wins on the trot to finish their NFL campaign strongly.

A five points win over Kerry was achieved with some style at Healy Park, the venue that is set to stage the big Ulster Championship opener against Monaghan on May 20.

Harte defended the counter-attacking system that has proved so effective in recent weeks, as his side scored wins over Donegal, Mayo and the Kingdom.

"That's the name of the game, we have to defend stoutly and attack at pace and have the runners coming off the shoulders," he said. "This thing that you have to have x amount of forwards up the field at any one time, it is a bit dated and that's the truth.

"It's not about how many you have up at all times, it's about how many you have up when you need them. And I think we are capable of getting players up in numbers and get the scores we are getting, to take the transition from defence to attack with accuracy and precision."

With 4-43 in their last three games, the Red Hands are scoring highly, and the offensive side of their game is becoming more effective as they prepare to begin the defence of their Ulster title.

"When I reflect on last year, I believe we were getting plenty of scores, particularly when the summertime came. We were getting lots of high scores and not conceding a lot.

"That was the name of the game and I suppose because one particular game didn't turn out well for us in any shape or form, that shaped our whole season. I feel that was unfair and I have stated that many times.

"Just because we have done well in these three games doesn't mean that anything is perfect, that we are a finished product. It means we are a work in progress. We won't be sitting back and thinking we are something wonderful."


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