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cute hoors Former Tyrone star Plunkett Donaghy says losing All-Ireland best day of his career - even though he lost

'Winning an Ulster title was like winning the All-Ireland back then'

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Plunkett Donaghy picked up an Allstar award for his exploits in Tyrone's run to the 1986 All-Ireland final.  He lives in The Moy, Co. Tyrone

Plunkett Donaghy picked up an Allstar award for his exploits in Tyrone's run to the 1986 All-Ireland final. He lives in The Moy, Co. Tyrone

Plunkett Donaghy picked up an Allstar award for his exploits in Tyrone's run to the 1986 All-Ireland final. He lives in The Moy, Co. Tyrone

Tyrone legend Plunkett Donaghy says losing an All-Ireland final was still the "greatest" day of his illustrious career.

The 59-year-old former midfielder won an Allstar in 1986 as well as three Ulster titles, but reckons his day getting beaten by Kerry in the final 35 years ago was his highlight.

"It's different now, winning an Ulster title was like winning the All-Ireland back then," he explains.

"For us getting to the final was massive. We had no expectations - getting to the final was a huge reward and in all of my football career it was the greatest day I ever had.

"The expectations on the Tyrone team now is much higher and that's a testament to the efforts and hard work that has gone in over the years since 1986."

The former midfielder from the Moy is full of praise for the Tyrone management team for getting the players fit enough for the final.

And he says the Covid situation was genuine and backed fellow Moy legend and RTE pundit Sean Cavanagh in his heated row with Kerry legend Pat Spillane.

Spillane described Tyrone as being 'cute hoors' for their handling of the Covid crisis that threatened the semi-final against Kerry actually going ahead.

"Look, Pat Spillane has to say things to support his cause and Sean Cavanagh was talking in defence of Tyrone and Sean is a very honest player and person," he says.

"He is still close to players in the squad and he is adamant there nothing being hidden and I believe him completely."

Due to the capacity at Croke Park being cut by 50 per cent, Plunkett says he'll be most likely watching the match in the pub with family and friends and says it's too close to call a winner.

"I think Mayo are going to be even tougher than Kerry because there was no expectation of Tyrone last week - nobody thought they would win - but even though Mayo are favourites in my eyes they will expect a tough game from Tyrone.

"This style of pressure football suits Tyrone I think but I really think it's a near 50-50 game to call."

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