The experienced players were to the fore for Tyrone on Sunday as they overcame the challenge of Monaghan to qualify for the semi finals of the Ulster championship.
Brian McGuigan and Stephen O’Neill rolled back the years hitting 1-4 from play between them and the former believes it was the sort of opening championship test that Tyrone needed.
“We cruised through Ulster last year and then when we came up against Dublin we played poorly and we were out. We want to go through the front door this year again by winning three in a row in Ulster and that was a stepping stone there today.
It was good to get the cobwebs blown off but we have a lot to work on over the next three weeks before the semi final. Mickey said before the game that he didn’t care what way we won it as long as we got through to the next round and at the end of the day that’s all that mattered but we will have to improve for either Donegal or Cavan.”
McGuigan fired in a brilliant first half goal while O’Neill weighed in with three quality points over the course of the seventy minutes.
“I missed one before that when I was through and a Monaghan player intercepted the ball but I think that I was due one as I don’t get a pile and it was nice to get it,” admits Brian.
“As for Stevie I thought his display was outstanding. The point that he got in the second half was just unbelievable; the angle that he scored it from was class. That’s Stevie; he has been shown that this past few weeks in training and he played very well.”