"The quality of football, people have turned off in their droves"

May 16, 2018

Oisin McConville.
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Oisin McConville predicts that the winners of this Sunday's Ulster SFC last eight clash between Tyrone and Monaghan will go on to get their hands on the Anglo Celt Cup.

The 2002 Armagh All-Ireland winner believes the Farney County will have the edge over the Red Hands but, regardless of the result, he is hoping for a more entertaining Ulster SFC than what has been witnessed in recent years.

"The last three years in Ulster has been a huge disappointment. The quality of football, people have turned off in their droves," he remarked to the Irish Independent.

"Tyrone-Monaghan is a massive game, akin to Mayo and Galway, that's how big it is. Whoever comes out of that will be Ulster champions. They have a nice pathway to the latter stages of the championship. But whoever loses that has got a dogfight on their hands.

"I fancy Monaghan. They've used a huge amount of players (in the league). Malachy O'Rourke is the one manager who has immediately reacted to the fact that he is going to need a squad as the year goes on."

The Crossmaglen clubman added that the departure of former 'Footballer of the Year' Sean Cavanagh leaves a big void for Mickey Harte to fill.

"Tyrone are probably now as one-dimensional as they have ever been. They still have super players, they still can tear teams apart as they did when walking through Ulster last year. They have no real outlet now, no physicality up front because Seán Cavanagh is gone."

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