While the 2013 Ulster win ended a 25-year wait for the Anglo-Celt
Cup this time around it has been treated very differently.
GOOd POINTS Donegal boss Jim McGuinness is ready to stem the tide s THAT Winning fEEling Donegal's Michael Murphy and manager McGuinness celebrate Anglo-Celt
IT'S BEEN 22 years since Monaghan last lifted the Anglo-Celt
Cup but that drought should end at Clones today.
A weekend in Ireland gave me an opportunity to glance through the pages of The Anglo-Celt
, an informative local newspaper in County Cavan.
Cup was paraded around every corner of the county in the aftermath and defeat to Meath in the All-Ireland semi-final wasn't seen as the disaster it would be nowadays.
Without a provincial crown since 1994, Down are currently experiencing their longest ever gap between Anglo-Celt
Cup successes and just to get to this year's final they will have to beat Derry and then one of Donegal, Tyrone or Armagh.
It's been billed as a revenge mission after Armagh stole the Anglo-Celt
from Tyrone's grasp in two Ulster final epics.
A RED Hand may be destined to clutch the Anglo-Celt
Cup this afternoon, but where's the ruthless killer touch that's the real mark of champions?
The battle for the Anglo-Celt
Cup now takes leave of its spiritual home to head for Dublin via Casement Park.
Tyrone's attack will need to become more productive, however, if the Anglo-Celt
Cup is to return to the county, and Harte admits to being extremely concerned at the wastefulness which marred the semi-final win over Antrim.
Few, if any, of them look to be frontline All-Ireland contenders but in the race for the Anglo-Celt
Cup, only Armagh, Fermanagh and Antrim appear to be also rans.
Tyrone's progress through the group stage of the NFL had provided the team with at least one additional competitive game in the run-up to the Ulster Championship, a factor which O'Neill sees as crucial, particularly as first round Anglo-Celt
opponents Armagh have also managed to extend their league campaign with an impressive run in Division Two.