Saturday 24 February 2018

Harte sticks with tried and trusted

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has stuck with the side that brushed Cavan aside for the Ulster SFC final against Donegal in Clones on Sunday.

Justin McMahon and Ronan McNabb, who were drafted into side before the replay with Cavan, hold on to their places.

McNabb is named in the half-forward line, but is likely to switch to defence in a direct swap with Peter Harte, a two-goal hero in the ten-point win over the Breffni men.

Five of the starting 15 were involved in Tyrone's last appearance in an Ulster final, back in 2010, when they comfortably overcame Monaghan.

Cathal McCarron, Justin McMahon and the Cavanagh brothers, Sean and Colm, all started at Clones six years ago, while Peter Harte came on as a second-half sub on that occasion.

Elsewhere, Derry have also stuck with the same team that came from behind in Owenbeg last weekend to beat Meath with goal hero from that game Niall Loughlin held in reserve once more.

Read more: Onus on Lake men is to set up to win, not lose heroically

In hurling news, Wexford's Podge Doran has been ruled out of his side's All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Waterford.

The industrious attacker was forced to retire injured close to half-time in last Saturday's victory over Cork and has since been diagnosed with cartilage, ligament and bone damage to the knee.

"Podge who has been playing the best hurling of his career is devastated with the prognosis," manager Liam Dunne said.

"It's a severe knee injury which brings a premature end to the season. It's yet another injury to add to our growing list."

Tyrone (SF v Donegal) - N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; T McCann, J McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh, M Donnelly; C McShane, N Sludden, R McNabb; C McAliskey, S Cavanagh, R O'Neill.

Derry (SF v Cavan) - T Mallon; G McKinless, C McKaigue, K McKaigue; C McFaul, B Rogers, C Mullan; C McAtamney, N Holly; D Heavron, C Bradley, E Brown; J Kielt, E McGuckin, M Lynch.

Read more: Sunday will be true test of Tyrone potential

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