Monday 19 March 2018

Tyrone boost as O'Neill recovers for showdown with Lilywhites

Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill
Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

STEPHEN O'Neill has regained fitness in time for Tyrone's win-or-bust third round SFC qualifier with Kildare tomorrow.

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.

Aidan McRory comes into a reshuffled defence, with Joe McMahon moving to wing-forward. Ciaran McGinley and Connor McAliskey lose out.

Kildare boss Kieran McGeeney has made two changes from the side who beat Louth last week. Tomas O'Connor, who did well off the bench last week, gets his first start of the summer at full-forward and captain Eamonn Callaghan returns at wing-back, with Paul Cribben and Mikey Conway losing out.

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.

Robert Hennelly, who withdrew from the Mayo panel last year due to work commitments, comes in for his first start in two years for Sunday's Connacht final against London as both their first and second-choice 'keepers – David Clarke and Kenneth O'Malley – are injured.


Andy Moran will make his first start since he ruptured a cruciate knee ligament in last year's All-Ireland quarter-final with Down.

With Donal Vaughan (hamstring) out, All Star corner-back Keith Higgins moves to the centre-back slot, while Chris Barrett and Darren Coen come into the attack at the expense of Cathal Carolan and Enda Varley losing out.

Monaghan boss Malachy O'Rourke has revamped his half-forward line for Sunday's Ulster SFC final against Donegal.

Dermot Malone and Paul Finlay replace Tommy Freeman and Gavin Doogan and Drew Wylie is switched to full-back.

Derry have made two changes for their qualifier clash with Cavan. With PJ McCloskey ruled out by a cruciate injury, Conor McAtamney moves from the half-forward line to partner Patsy Bradley at midfield, while Benny Herron and Emmet McGuckin come into their attack.

TYRONE (SF v Kildare) – P McConnell; A McCrory, C Clarke, C McCarron; R McKenna, P Harte, C Gormley; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, J McMahon; D McCurry, S O'Neill, M Penrose.

Kildare – S Connolly; D Hyland, P Kelly, H McGrillen; E Callaghan, M O'Flaherty, E Bolton; D Flynn, P O'Neill; D Flynn, N Kelly, E O'Flaherty; J Doyle, T O'Connor, P Brophy.

Mayo (SF v London) – R Hennelly; T Cunniffe, G Cafferkey, C Barrett; L Keegan, K Higgins, C Boyle; A O'Shea, S O'Shea; K McLoughlin, A Dillon, R Feeney; A Moran, A Freeman, D Coen.

LONDON – D Traynor; P Butler, S Curran, D McGreevy; S Hannon, S Mulligan, A Gaughan; D Doyle, P Geraghty; G Crowley, D Dunleavy, C McCallion; E O'Neill, L Mulvey, C Magee.

Monaghan (SF v Donegal) – R Beggan; K Duffy, D Wylie, C Walshe; V Corey, N McAdam, D Mone; O Lennon, D Hughes; P Finlay, S Gollogly, D Malone; C McGuinness, K Hughes, C McManus.

Derry (SF v Cavan) – E McNicholl; A McAlynn, C McKaigue, D McBride; C Kielt, M Lynch, SL McGoldrick; Patsy Bradley, C McAtamney; B Heron, J Kielt, E Lynn; R Bell, E Bradley, E McGuckin.

LAOIS (SF v Wexford) – E Culliton; P Begley, M Timmons, P O'Leary; D Strong, K Lillis, P McMahon; P Clancy, J O'Loughlin; R Munnelly, D Kingston, C Begley; B Sheehan, C Meredith, D Conway.

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