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21st Aug 2021

“Just look at the smiles on people’s faces” – Tyrone minor manager reflects on journey to All-Ireland final

Lee Costello

“This Meath team have been the team to beat since the start of the year.”

Tyrone have secured their place in the All-Ireland Minor final against Meath after beating Cork 0-23 to 1-06.

The Red Hands were in full control for the majority of the match and their shot selection in particular was very impressive.

Captain Cormac Devlin, was central to pretty much everything and although The Rebels battled very hard, Tyrone just looked a cut above them today.

Meath are the Ulster side’s destined opponents, and have been in devastating form this season, overcoming a strong Sligo side to book their place in the final earlier today.

Speaking to TG4, Tyrone manager Gérard Donnelly praised his young side.

“We knew they were going to come at us, this Cork team is very very good, and our heads could have dropped when we missed the penalty.

“These lads done well, they responded to it and they’ve done that all year, but there’s a massive challenge coming up now, it’s hard to even look forward to that yet, but this Meath team have been the team to beat since the start of the year, so that’s our next goal.

“See the friends and families, I said before that the world has been turned upside down, and just how important Gaelic is, and you see that there, just the smiles on people’s faces.

“It’s a lovely week for Tyrone, the seniors prepare for their semi-final, thank God for Kerry – fair play to them.

“Now we have a minor final to look forward to as well, so it will be a good week, and hopefully we can put on a performace.”