Friday 23 February 2018

Changes to Kildare and Tyrone teams for showdown

Tomas O'Connor has made the Kildare starting 15 after doing well when introduced against Louth
Tomas O'Connor has made the Kildare starting 15 after doing well when introduced against Louth
Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill is in line to return to the side

KILDARE and Tyrone have named their teams for the early anticipated All SFC Qualifier with Stephen O'Neill returning to the Tyrone line-up for the Newbridge clash.

The tie will be played at St. Conleth’s Park, with a 7 o’clock throw-in.

Kildare boss, Kieran McGeeney and his management team, have made two changes from the team that defeated Louth last week.

Into the team come Eamonn Callaghan and Tomás O’Connor replacing Paul Cribbin and Mikey Conway. O'Connor adds a big physical presence and scored the decisive goal when he came on against Louth in the previous round.

The full Kildare line-up is: Shane Connolly;  David Hyland, Peter Kelly, Hugh McGrillen; Eamonn Callaghan (Capt.), Morgan O’Flaherty, Emmet Bolton; Daryl Flynn, Padraig O’Neill; Daniel Flynn, Niall Kelly; Eoghan O’Flaherty; John Doyle, Tomás O’Connor, Paddy Brophy.

Meanwhile Tyrone boss, Mikey Harte and his management also named their side for Saturday with the main talking point being the return of O’Neill, following injury, to the starting line-up.

O'Neill has missed Tyrone's wins over Offaly and Roscommon with an Achilles problem and Kildare won't be too happy to see him back as he was a key man for the Red Hands when they beat them in both the group stages and semi-finals of this year's Allianz League.

Tyrone: Pascal McConnell; Aidan McCrory, Conor Clarke, Cathal McCarron; Ryan McKenna, Peter Harte, Conor Gormley; Colm Cavanagh, Seán Cavanagh; Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Joe McMahon; Darren McCurry, Stephen O’Neill, Martin Penrose.

Despite the expected sell-out in Newbridge, the GAA said last night that there was still a small number of tickets available for the game at local Centra and SuperValu stores.

Irish Independent

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