Hampsey expects colossal battle

August 09, 2018

Tyrone's Padraig Hampsey.
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Tyrone defender Padraig Hampsey says the Red Hands will need to be at their best if they are to down Monaghan this weekend and advance to their first All-Ireland final in a decade.

Mickey Harte's men enter the last four clash at Croke Park as 8/11 favourites and Hampsey, who could well be assigned with the task of guarding Farney ace Conor McManus, knows they can expect another full on battle from their neighbours.

"They have a lot of experience, some quality players and plenty of young players coming through as well, the likes of (Conor) McCarthy," Hampsey is quoted saying by the Irish Examiner.

"They have it in abundance, so we're going to have to be at our best to beat them.

"Monaghan played very well against Galway. They're a tough side, so it's going to be a tough battle, but we'll look forward to it."

He added: "Every game has to be a step up. We felt it in the legs big time (against Donegal), and we know that against Monaghan again, they're well drilled and well physiqued, we're going to get it tough again."

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