Agree with that. Tyrone would just bunch a few defenders around O Gara and he would concede as many frees as he could win with no space available to him early on in the game. Much better to bring him later in the game when he has more space to operate in.
Discipline in the tackle will also be key as frees will be vital in the expected close game. Tyrone play a strong running game based on turnovers with Harte and T McCann to the fore and we have been vulnerable to running attacks in recent times so vital we don’t lose possession up the field with lack of cover at the back. So yes AISF 2011 type game is a distinct possibility so defenders should stay put and forwards must track back with the runners. Therefore I don’t see either team pressing up on kickouts unless it becomes absolutely necessary.
We need to stay patient up front, retain possession and trust our forwards who I think are better overall than Tyrone’s at getting scores. Controlled limited support from defenders is necessary to over come a swarm defence as long as the space left behind is covered, as is creating space up front and shots from distance.
Semi finals can be drab tense affairs with the result being all that is remembered a lot of the times.