Mickey Harte has Tyrone on high alert for Limerick test

Tyrone must approach tomorrow’s first round Qualifier clash with Limerick as if they were facing Kerry, Dublin or Donegal, according to manager Mickey Harte.

Mickey Harte has Tyrone on high alert for Limerick test

He has warned that unless the Red Hands embrace a meticulous plan of preparation, and execute the strategy at Healy Park, their season will be over.

“Unless we are really, really well prepared, both physically and mentally for this challenge, then there won’t be by more challenges,” he said.

Although the new format placed Tyrone in Section 1B, the more difficult side of the Qualifier draw, a home tie against Division Three opponents appeared the best possible outcome.

But Harte contends that there’s no such thing as an easy draw, and knock-out football is a high risk business.

“That’s not to say that anything is easy. That would be the greatest mistake that we could make in our lives, to think that there’s so-called easy draws.

“There’s no easy draw when if you lose, you’re out.

That’s not an easy draw, that’s a very difficult situation to be in. That’s the luck of the draw again, we were on the difficult side of the Ulster Championship, by all people’s interpretation of it, and obviously that continued in the side of the Qualifiers that we’re in.”

However, anything other than a comfortable Tyrone victory will be a shock. The Red Hands are priced at 1/33 by the bookies.

Enda McGinley has travelled the Qualifier route frequently, and views the clash with Limerick as the perfect launch-pad for another extended journey.

“They have been comfortable with it in the past, and again they’ll be heading in with a new sense of confidence,” he said.

“They’ll take a lot from that performance against Donegal in Ulster , and even seeing the level at which Donegal performed against Armagh, that gives Tyrone’s performance against Donegal in Ballybofey even more credibility.

“So the boys will have got together again. Sometimes it’s difficult coming out of club championship and getting back together again. But I was speaking to a few of them and they said the mood was great, their first couple of sessions were excellent.

“Tyrone look as if they’re on the road again the team seems to be preparing well, and they’ve got a draw that I think they’ll be happy enough with, although they’re obviously not going to admit that.”

The Munster men will travel to Healy Park with nothing to lose, and with the prospect of a massive scalp on offer, they’ll give it a lash.

But McGinley expects the home side to possess too much class and experience for the Treaty men, who lost out to Clare on their own provincial championship.

“Tyrone would have found Limerick a tough enough obstacle in the past, but I think Limerick and Tyrone are in two different places at the minute.”

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