McAliskey out until start of 2019
Tyrone attacker Connor McAliskey's ankle injury is not as serious as initially feared, it emerged yesterday.
The Clonoe clubman suffered what was reported to be a break in a championship game on Sunday night, but it has been confirmed as a dislocation. The 27-year-old, who was the Red Hands' top scorer this summer, suffered the injury in the second half of his club's one-point defeat to Ardboe at Coalisland.
His season is over, but the less severe nature of the injury means he is likely to be able to return on schedule to pre-season preparation for Tyrone's 2019 campaign.
Meanwhile, disquiet over the throw-in times of last weekend's Tyrone SFC fixtures has led to changes to this weekend's schedule.
The problems arose due to a directive that extra-time, rather than a replay, is to be played in the event of a draw in all fixtures.
Extra-time in the curtain-raiser to Friday's meeting of Trillick and Donaghmore led to a delayed throw-in, with the result that the Healy Park tie did not end until 10.44pm. A day later, the Galbally v Pomeroy tie at Dunmoyle went to extra-time, and with no floodlights at the venue, the closing stages were played out in virtual darkness.
This weekend, afternoon games will start 30 minutes earlier, while evening ties at non-floodlit venues will start an hour earlier.