Mickey Harte says Tyrone will stay tough in league semifinals

Mickey Harte insists his Tyrone team will stay tough

Tyrone are through to the league semifinals, but manager Mickey Harte says his team won’t do Kerry any favors in their bid to avoid relegation when they meet in Omagh in a fortnight.

Kerry must win that game to stay up, but Harte insists his team won’t relax after Sunday’s 1-13 to 0-10 victory in Kildare put them into the semis.

“We won’t be thinking about what the result does to Kerry, we will only be thinking what it does to us. We want to stay with a bit of momentum,” Harte said.

“It is all good experience and it’s also good to know our league campaign won’t end on the seventh game. That will bring us closer to the championship and gives us a high level of competitive football that can only be good for the players.”

Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney took positives from the Tyrone defeat as his side were confirmed as league semifinalists despite losing the game.

McGeeney said, “It was encouraging from some points of view. Apart from the shooting aspect of it, we tidied up a lot. Sean Hurley and Paul Cribbin made a big difference when they came on. There are a few more positives than negatives.

“Emmet Bolton knows himself he made a terrible mistake to give them a goal, it gave them that bit more of a cushion but we would have been disappointed with the first half for not getting more scores, more shots off, but they knuckled down well in the second half and basically owned the ball.”