Donnelly demands improvement

April 22, 2024

Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly with Jason Duffy and Jarly Og Burns of Armagh. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Mattie Donnelly admits that Tyrone have a lot of improving to do if they’re to beat Donegal in next Sunday’s Ulster SFC semi-final.

The Red Hands scraped to a 1-23 to 3-16 extra-time quarter-final victory over Cavan and Donnelly is adamant that a repeat performance won’t suffice against a Donegal team who dethroned Derry on Saturday.

"Anyone who watched Donegal knows if we perform like that again, we may as well not bother showing up," the Trillick clubman told BBC NI.

"The bits I saw you couldn't but be impressed with them. They're a team with a plan, a team with serious running power and serious threats all over.

"We are going to have to come up with something to counteract that."

He added: "Obviously they will be feeling good about themselves after last night, and with having an extra 24 hours recovery, so advantage them.

"Look, we train hard enough to deal with things like that so we'll not complain, but we have to turn things around and get recovered pretty quickly."

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