Tyrone and Donegal reach last eight

Sligo's Daniel Maye tackles Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh (left)
Sligo's Daniel Maye tackles Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh (left)

Tyrone and Donegal booked their places in the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Championship with dominant performances on Saturday.

Tyrone’s 0-21 to 0-14 victory set up a meeting with Ulster Champions Monaghan next Saturday at Croke Park.

Manager Mickey Harte knows what it takes to win big throughout August and September and has demanded his side dig even deeper.

“It’s the place to be in August,” said Harte.

“We feel as confident as anybody going into the last eight that we can have a shot at going into the last four.

“That’s all you can think about at the moment but we do feel we are capable of that. If you do that then it’s not a bad season.

“But I would hope there is more to come because that won’t be enough to win any serious stuff. We need to get better. We are doing some things very well and other things not quite as good.

“But there is a good energy about the team. They are handling a lot of ball with a degree of comfort.

“We probably need to be more clinical in our finishing and people will notice that we didn’t get the goals that we ought to have got.”

Donegal meanwhile will face Mayo next Saturday after producing a blistering final burst to see off Galway.

Leading by just three points with 10 minutes to go, Donegal bagged 2-3 in the closing period with goals from Ryan McHugh and Christy Toye booking their passage in some style.

Manager Rory Gallagher conceded there are areas Donegal must improve on to stand a chance of beating Mayo.

“There is a pattern in all our games where we start very well and fall away after 15 minutes,” said Gallagher.

“It is something we are aware of and are keen to address. Then the second-half we come out all guns blazing.

“We need to be more consistent. Obviously, if you start at a hundred miles an hour, you tire out a wee bit and other teams get to grips with you as well. But it is something we are going to have to address.”