Monday 16 January 2017

Tyrone keep big guns on bench

Published 05/08/2011 | 05:00

Stephen O'Neill and Ryan McMenamin could still both feature for Tyrone despite not making the official 26-man squad released for tomorrow's All-Ireland quarter final against Dublin.

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McMenamin, who started the fourth-round qualifier against Roscommon, and O'Neill, who featured in that match as a substitute after overcoming a hamstring injury, are not named on the official team list for the programme because of the way Mickey Harte lists his replacements according to alphabetical order.

However, Tyrone spokesman Damian Harvey cleared up any confusion over O'Neill and McMenamin's participation by pointing out the sequences of the names.

There are three changes in all from the team that saw off Roscommon.

Justin McMahon, who replaced McMenamin during that game, keeps his place at McMenamin's expense, while Martin Penrose comes into attack ahead of Tommy McGuigan.

Kyle Coney has also loses out as Owen Mulligan, who quit the panel last month and was exiled for a week, reclaims his place.

Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald won't name his team for Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final until tonight but is not expected to make any change from the team that defeated Galway.

Meanwhile, Mick O'Dwyer will tonight be back on the sideline for Kildare, but Kieran McGeeney need have no worries as the Waterville maestro is managing the Lilywhites Over-40s, who play Sarsfields Over-40s in a charity match for Rehab Kildare at the Newbridge club (throw-in 7.15).

Dermot Earley will manage the Sarsfields team, which will feature former Kildare manager John Crofton.

Tyrone (SF v Dublin) -- P McConnell; M Swift, Joe McMahon, Justin McMahon; S O'Neill, C Gormley, P Jordan; K Hughes, S Cavanagh; C Cavanagh, B McGuigan, P Harte; M Penrose, M Donnelly, O Mulligan. Subs: J Devine, D Carlin, A Cassidy, K Coney, B Dooher, D Harte, C McCarron, D McCaul, A McCrory, E McGinley, T McGuigan.

•Kerry's Micheal Quirke last night retired from inter-county football and will not be part of Jack O'Connor's squad for the remainder of the championship.

Irish Independent

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