Tyrone bounced back from their Ulster semi final defeat at the hands of Donegal to defeat Longford in Pearse Park on Saturday evening and manager Mickey Harte acknowledged afterwards that it was a difficult task.
“It was well talked up how difficult it would be to get a result out of here and it certainly proved that right throughout the game. We had an early goal chance with their keeper making a good save and I suppose that gave them a boost.
They were in a good position at halftime a point up but we still felt that we had a lot of football played. Longford were very prolific in the first half and indeed after the break as well as I think at one stage they had six opportunities and scored six points. So we had to be at our best to get out of here and I think that we saw in spells some of our best football there tonight.
We said at halftime that if we didn’t win this game in the first ten minutes we would have great difficulty winning it in the last ten because things weren’t going our way and decisions were hard to come by at some stages and we knew that we had to battle with that and get over that.
I’m very pleased with the work that the players put in and just the sheer determination to get out of here with a result because many teams have known to their cost that it’s not an easy thing to do.”