I don’t know what it is the Kevin Hub Hughes is on but his energy levels during this year’s National League would shame guys ten years his junior. For a midfielder to produce the sort of combative, physical football that the Killeeshil man has consistently produced over the years usually results in him either avoiding the league altogether or else finishing his career at a premature age. For him to be doing it at this stage of his career and so effectively is testament to the character of the man.
Not only has he been an almost ever present for Mickey Harte this year but the high levels of performance that he has delivered have contributed hugely to Tyrone’s recent run of form. Against Meath in Tyrone’s last league outing Hughes once again showed why he is so important to his team’s cause. He put in a serious shift of high octane work competing for every ball, tackling back and supporting in the defence and even making several lung bursting forays into the opposition half to assist the forwards.
Indeed on one such run in the first half he made a deep penetrating surge into the left corner forward position and was agonisingly close to adding to his tally of six points for the league this season. In spite of giving away at least six inches in height and a foot in reach to his direct opponent Brian Meade, Hub and his partner Aidan Cassidy more than broke even in the midfield battle. His present form bodes well for the championship and with his old adversary Dick Clerkin of Monaghan likely to be prowling around Healy Park in a few weeks time, we have a lot to look forward to as the Ulster Championship beckons.