Friday 15 December 2017

McGuigan recalled to face Dublin

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian McGuigan's thoughts may be turning towards retirement at the end of the year but he's still very much a wanted man in Tyrone, as Mickey Harte illustrated last night.

Harte has given McGuigan his first start since Tyrone's last All-Ireland quarter-final against Dublin two years ago, when they ran out convincing 3-14 to 1-8 winners. Since then Harte has opted to use McGuigan sparingly on championship days and the half-forward has intimated that he will retire at the end of this season.

He replaces his brother Tommy, who has a knee injury, and McGuigan's inclusion means that Sean Cavanagh will now start at full-forward, a deployment that won't inconvenience him greatly given how he played there in 2008.


The switch of the McGuigans is Harte's only change from an impressive Ulster final display against Monaghan.

Kildare have handed Eoghan O'Flaherty a start for their quarter final with Meath after his impressive introduction last weekend for Ken Donnelly. Donnelly drops to the bench, where Anthony Rainbow will take his place for the first time since the defeat to Louth.

Cork manager Conor Counihan has named the same team for Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final against Roscommon that started against Limerick.

Aidan Walsh and Derek Kavanagh, who were both replaced in Limerick, have been retained in midfield.

Down are also unchanged but there are injury concerns over Benny Coulter and Damien Rafferty.

The enforced absence of Tomás O Sé through suspension has handed a recall for Aidan O'Mahony, who has not started a championship match for Kerry since last year's fourth-round All-Ireland qualifier against Antrim.

Poor form and a self-imposed exile for personal reasons earlier in the season have sidelined the one-time All Star. But O'Mahony has been selected at half-back as Kerry's paucity of defensive cover is compounded by injuries to Padraig Reidy and Daniel Bohan.

Seamus Scanlon will be partnered by Mike Quirke, who takes over from Anthony Maher.

In hurling, the former Cork manager John Allen has ruled himself out of the contest to be the next Limerick manager after being nominated for the post.

Tyrone (SFC v Dublin) -- P McConnell, C McCarron, Justin McMahon, R McMenamin, D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan, C Cavanagh, K Hughes, B Dooher, B McGuigan, Joe McMahon, M Penrose, S Cavanagh, O Mulligan.

Cork (SFC v Roscommon) -- A Quirke; R Carey, M Shields, J O'Sullivan; N O"Leary, G Canty, P Kissane; D Kavanagh, A Walsh; P Kerrigan, P O'Neill, P Kelly; D Goulding, C Sheehan, C O'Neill.

Kerry (SFC v Down) -- B Kealy; M O Se, T Griffin, T O'Sullivan; A O'Mahony, M McCarthy, K Young; S Scanlon, M Quirke; Darran O'Sullivan, Declan O'Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, B Sheehan.

Kildare (SFC v Meath) -- S McCormack; P Kelly, H McGrillen, A Mac Lochlainn; M O'Flaherty, E Bolton, B Flanagan; D Flynn, D Earley; J Kavanagh, P O'Neill, E O'Flaherty; J Doyle, A Smith, E Callaghan.

Down -- B McVeigh; D McCartan, D Gordon, D Rafferty; D Rooney, K McKernan, C Garvey; A Rodgers, K King; D Hughes, M Poland, P McComiskey; B Coulter, J Clarke, M Clarke.

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