Harte welcomes extra game

January 14, 2019

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte speaks to his team.
©INPHO/James Crombie.

Mickey Harte is happy to have another competitive game ahead of the start of the Allianz League.

The Red Hands edged out Derry yesterday to qualify for the Dr McKenna Cup against Armagh at the Athletic Grounds next Saturday night.

"We like to have the McKenna Cup to experiment with players and we have introduced eight or nine players this year. We want to see what they can do and how far they can go at this level," the Tyrone manager said in the Irish News.

"Derry showed from early on that it was going to be a battle, scores were going to be hard to come by, there were plenty of defenders back marshalling their own sector of the field and we found it difficult enough to break them down."

Looking ahead to the final, Harte added:" I think Armagh have set their sights on winning something early on this year, and this is their first opportunity to win something, so I think they'll dearly want it as much as we do. It makes for an interesting final."

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