Win over Offaly will book Tyrone All-Ireland intermediate quarter-final spot

Maria Canavan scored five points in Tyrone's win over Wicklow
Maria Canavan scored five points in Tyrone's win over Wicklow

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies' IFC Group 2, round two

Tyrone v Offaly (Sunday, O’Neills Healy Park, 2pm)

TYRONE can book their place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals with victory over Offaly on Sunday.

The Red Hands put themselves in pole position with a win over Wicklow last weekend and if Sean O’Kane’s side can follow it up with a second consecutive win, that will be enough for a place in the last eight, with a final game still to play.

That is against Clare, the other team expected to emerge from this group of four. They face Wicklow in round two, having defeated Offaly last day out.

Offaly have their backs to the wall coming into this game and another defeat for Offaly will end their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages even with their final game against Wicklow to come.

Wicklow tested Tyrone last weekend, but the Ulster side had the answers when needed, and will have been happy with the six points winning margin, 3-10 to 1-10. Eight different players got on the scoresheet for Tyrone, Maria Canavan finishing with five points, while the goals came from captain Aoibhinn McHugh, Emma Hegarty and Caitlin Campbell.

They should be too strong for Offaly, who are a Division Three team, and who narrowly avoided being relegated, points difference saving them. They will ask questions of Tyrone – they did of Clare, but the Red Hands too should have the answers and when they get their periods of dominance, they will look to make them count and keep themselves on the front foot.