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Goal always was return to team; TYRONE FOOTBALL.

Byline: ORLA BANNON

TYRONE'S two-goal Ulster final hero Ronan O'Neill is glad he kept the faith and didn't walk away from the Red Hands squad.

The Omagh St Enda's forward showed his class and a deadly eye that's been lacking up front for Tyrone with two quality finishes in Sunday's win over Down.

O'Neill has felt like a forgotten man after spending most of the year on the bench but his patience was rewarded with a memorable cameo display for Mickey Harte's champions.

"It would be a lie to say that it does not go through your mind, it does," O'Neill admitted. "But it's days like this that makes it worthwhile, to see the supporters and your family out there and to be able to make them proud is a wonderful thing.

"Playing for Tyrone is a privilege and it has been written in the past as if it was something of a chore.

"It is not a chore, we love playing for Tyrone, we love doing this, we love going to play football and days like this make it worthwhile. I am fighting hard for my place on this team."

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DOUBLE TROUBLE O'Neill nets his second O Neill

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2017
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