Friday 22 September 2017

Tyrone pair handed championship debuts

Tiernan McCann will make his championship debut for Tyrone against Down on Sunday. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Tiernan McCann will make his championship debut for Tyrone against Down on Sunday. Photo: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has handed championship debuts to defenders Barry Tierney and Tiernan McCann for Sunday's Ulster SFC preliminary round clash with Down.

Skipper Sean Cavanagh is at centre-forward, with Conor Clarke chosen as midfield partner for Colm Cavanagh, who has overcome a quad muscle injury.

The team contains just seven members of the side from their last championship game, the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo. Joe McMahon and Ronan McNamee are ruled out by injury.

Dan Gordan has not made the Down squad as James McCartan names an experienced side. Kevin McKernan is selected at half-forward but is expected to feature in a free role behind the midfield.

Graham Brody, James Finn and Robbie Kehoe all make their championship debuts for Laois against Wicklow in Aughrim on Sunday as Colm Begley loses out due to injury. Paul Begley switches to full-back in the absence of the injured Mark Timmins.

Ray Connellan will make his debut for Westmeath as they host Louth in the opening Leinster championship game in Mullingar tomorrow night. Connellan will start at midfield, while Dessie Dolan begins a 15th campaign.

Irish Independent

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