Peter Harte is regarded as Tyrone’s main man to many GAA followers. Despite wearing number seven, Harte is seen as the fulcrum of the Red Hand attack.
They are a side that has often been criticised for their defensive mindset but their attacking play has most definitely moved on another level in 2017.
So far this season, Tyrone have amassed a tally of 6-77 across four games, averaging out at just under 24 points a game. Shooting rates like this make All-Ireland contenders out of any team and Harte was quick to mention Tyrone’s attacking mentality when speaking to The Irish Sun;
“We were criticised for what happened last year and that’s fair enough because we didn’t attack enough and played a bit conservatively when we got to Croke Park.”
“You have to go and score. You have to go and hurt the team at the other end. That’s what we’re trying to do and that’s what we’re working towards.
“And we know the standard is going to go up again.”
Harte concluded by stating that the new way of playing has given Tyrone an inner confidence. A combination of youth and experience along with the history of winning All-Ireland over the last 20 years has this current Tyrone side in a really good place ahead of Sunday’s game;
“All Mickey Harte’s teams believe they can win an All-Ireland. I don’t think we’re any different.”
“We are in good form but we have to keep on going now and produce it again in the semi-final — there is no point in being happy just to reach this stage of the Championship.”
It’s Tyrone first All-Ireland semi-final since 2015. They are always a very dangerous opponent when it comes to the business end of the championship. Harte will be hoping to enhance his reputation as one of the country’s finest footballers, by leading his team to an All-Ireland final and being only the fifth team to beat Dublin since the turn of the decade.
Hear how we feel Tyrone will manage to beat Dublin on Sunday by listening to our podcast, The 16th Man with Dominos.