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Mickey Harte wonders how Donegal will cope with the pressure of being champions

Updated: Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:45 | Comments

Mickey Harte and Jim McGuinness meet again on Sunday
Mickey Harte and Jim McGuinness meet again on Sunday

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has warned Donegal of the tough challenge they face in Ulster and beyond after becoming All-Ireland champions.

Donegal meet Tyrone in the Ulster SFC quarter-final in Ballybofey on Sunday, and Harte knows only too well how hard it is to continue winning following All-Ireland success.

Tyrone were beaten in Ulster following their All-Ireland successes in 2003 and 2005 and Harte, speaking on www.teamtalkmag.com, said: “They proved they’re good enough to win the All-Ireland and there’s a serious confidence that comes with that.

“The next challenge for them is how do you handle being at the top of the tree, so to speak.

“That’s a challenge they have to face now. It’s new territory for them because they haven’t been there before.

“This group of players are on an upward spiral since they started out in 2011 and now they have to decide whether they can raise the bar again.”

Donegal v Tyrone is live on RTÉ with commentary from Ger Canning and Kevin McStay.

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