O'Neill cites Kerry as ultimate test

September 02, 2008

Stephen O'Neill
Former Tyrone All Star Stephen O'Neill believes that it will come down to who wants it more when Tyrone face Kerry in this year's All-Ireland SFC final. The two last met in the September decider back in 2005 when O'Neill, who retired from inter-county football last January, was apart of the second ever Tyrone team to win an All-Ireland in an enthralling clash with the Kingdom, and he thinks it is going to be very tough for Mickey Harte's men to repeat that on September 21. "It's going to be a very tough game. Kerry are going for three in-a-row and I suppose the team they'd want to beat would be Tyrone - to maybe confirm how good a team they are," said O'Neill. "I think Tyrone will be all right, they are working very hard and everybody seems to be coming right at the right time. Both teams have had a lot of tough games, but I just don't think it comes down to the amount of games you play in a year. It's just on the day. "There have been some freak results this year in the Championship. It will be down to who plays well on the day and I hope that will be Tyrone." Meanwhile, O'Neill himself has ruled out any possibility of making a dramatic return to the Red Hands set-up for the final. "The door is closed (to me). There will be no call at this stage, I think. The boys are doing well enough. "I'm just too long out of it. I don't know if I would be able to manage that pace."

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