'Every Tyrone player has to have the game of his life'

22 August 2017

Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan.
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Cavan manager Mattie McGleenan believes that Tyrone require the game of their lives to conquer Dublin in Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

McGleenan was a member of the Tyrone side which lost out to the Dubs in the 1995 All-Ireland decider and feels that the ingredients for an upset this weekend comes down to making sure that each and everyone of Mickey Harte’s players “really goes at Dublin”.

“I know that for Tyrone to win, when they have won the big games like this one, all 15 players have to stand up and have huge games,” McGleenan told The Irish News.

“I think that's the most important thing going into next week, that every Tyrone player has to have the game of his life.

“That's what it takes to win an All-Ireland, and it's important that at the start of the game, every player really goes at Dublin. Too many teams spend their time trying to keep the score down.

“Tyrone love playing Dublin in those big games. The psychological effect of the jersey that's normally worth five of six points to Dublin when they play other teams means nothing to Tyrone.

“It's a nil-nil game when Tyrone go out to play them, and that makes it a football match. It's a fantastic mentality that Tyrone have when it comes to the likes of the Dublin games, and that's a huge factor.

“It's the sort of mentality that Crossmaglen and Kerry have brought to winning All-Irelands.”

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