Tyrone beat Down yesterday to successfully defend an Ulster title for the first time since 2010, and now look to push on in the All-Ireland series. Having fallen to Mayo after their provincial triumph 12 months ago, Mickey Harte’s side will be eager to push on and bring their Ulster form to Croke Park.
However, they are certainly taking stock and enjoying the fruits of their labour, as the scenes in Clones at the full-time whistle will attest to.
Speaking to Pundit Arena after the game, Cathal McCarron described the importance an Ulster title has in Tyrone.
“You can see what it means to Tyrone. When you look at that crowd out there, you know it’s everything for us. We say it every year – win our province, and that’s our first aim.”
Three of the last four Ulster champions have fallen in the quarter-finals, and this is a trend that the Red Hand are eager to buck.
“We were bitterly disappointed the way last year’s quarter-final went, we said to ourselves that if we do get there again, we’ll right the wrong.
“We have that chance, we mightn’t do it, but we’re looking forward to it in a few weeks.”
With the Anglo Celt Cup in the bag for another year, there is only one thing on the mind of McCarron and Tyrone.
“[If] you win the provincial [title], there is only one more prize there is to win. It’s all systems go for the All-Ireland, and we’ll be back in training on Tuesday night trying to get there.”
The full interview with Cathal McCarron can be heard on the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast: