Tyrone captain Kieran McGeary is expecting a game that will "go right to the wire" as his side prepare to take on Tipperary in the All-Ireland U-21 football final.
Both Tyrone and Tipperary have impressed on their way to the final, with both exceeding expectations somewhat en route to Saturday’s showpiece, and McGreary expects a close encounter at Parnell Park.
“[Tipperary] won the Munster Championship and were absolutely fantastic,” McGreary told RTÉ Sport. “They’re a great team and have great strength in their panel and the message they delivered in beating Dublin [in the semi-final] is more than scary.
“They went in as underdogs and no one really gave them a chance but they delivered a message and respect to them, they’re a great team. I imagine the game on Saturday will go right to the wire.”
McGreary revealed that a place in the final is one of the goals his side set out at the beginning of the season and now that they are there, the Red Hands are eager to go on and lift the silverware.
"At the start of the year as a team we set out tasks and goals that we would hope to achieve over the year. One was winning the Ulster final and the second was getting to the All-Ireland final," he said.
"Thankfully, we ticked the box for the Ulster final, we won that, beating Fermanagh, Armagh and a very tough Donegal team in the final.
"We’ve come up against teams that have been very strong and have a lot of strength and depth and Roscommon were a great example of that – they have absolutely fantastic players all over. We knew we were going to be up against it but thankfully that’s another hurdle that we overcame."
Tyrone will be able to call on the experience of county legends Brian Dooher and Peter Canavan in the dressing room as both are part of their backroom set-up, and McGreary insists that having them there offers his side a huge boost.
"Your ears prop up a wee bit more whenever they’re talking. They’ve been there and done it and I’m sure if they wanted to, they’d be there playing on Saturday if they could, but they’re fantastic.
"As to what they say in the changing room it’s very inspirational. It would inspire you to play for Tyrone and hopefully they’ll deliver the same message on Saturday.
"They know what it takes and so far this year we've taken on board everything they've said."
Tipperary U21: E Comerford; K Fahey, J Feehan, C O'Shaughnessy; R Mulcahy, L Boland, B Maher; S O'Brien, Colin O'Riordan (Capt); J Lonergan, I Fahey, L Casey; K O’Halloran, J Keane, P Maher.
Live streaming of Tipperary v Tyrone available worldwide (excluding Ireland) on GAAGO at www.gaago.ie