TYRONE minors will be aiming for a place in September’s All Ireland decider when they face Roscommon in the All Ireland Minor semi-final in Croke Park.
Donaghmore man and minor wing back Shea Hamill has been a fixture in the Tyrone defence this season and he’s hopeful that his team reach the All Ireland decider.
Hamill revealed that the team had hoped and planned to get this far despite coming through some tricky matches: “We’d planned for it [an All Ireland semi-final] anyway. Lucky enough we got there. We took it game by game really and lucky enough it faired out for us. We had a bit of luck too along the way.”
Tyrone lost out in the Ulster final to a late Monaghan penalty after leading comfortably but Hamill was adamant that the side would learn from their mistakes.
“There have been highs and lows. Against Donegal, some people might have said had a free taker they would have put us away but it is on the day. I think we handled Down well and we prepared well.
“And then Monaghan there wasn’t something right. Whenever you’re that far in front with ten minutes to go we sort of thought we had it in the bag and I think we slipped up a bit.
“But we’ll learn from our mistakes. Against Kerry we certainly learned from this mistakes, never gave up and never put the head down. With the men sent off we just had to go on. We were one or two points down and we just kept the heads down and it worked out for us.”
One bonus for Tyrone in the All Ireland series is the return from injury of Hamill’s Donaghmore team mate Philip Donnelly and Hamill was delighted to see him return.
“Philip has been tortured with injuries, with Donaghmore and with Tyrone but it’s great to see him get back on and get a jersey because you could see the head is sort of dropping for a while and he was asking questions. But he came on performed well and maybe kicked a few bad ones,” said Hamill eager to put the boot into his club colleague.
Hamill stressed though that Tyrone had a great deal of respect for the Connacht side.
“Talking to Mickey [Donnelly] and Kieran [McHugh] there and they said that they are a very strong team. They’re probably going in as favourites to this game too but we’ve just got to prepare they we have done for every other game and keep an eye on their key players.”