Sunday 22 April 2018

McKenna final's new date

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE Dr McKenna Cup final between Derry and Tyrone has been refixed for Saturday, March 5, at Armagh's Athletic Grounds.

The Ulster Council had been considering a Friday night decider but confirmed yesterday that the game will take place in Armagh on the first Saturday of next month. Throw-in will be at 7pm.

The original fixture was postponed last Saturday following the death of Paddy Harte, brother of Tyrone manager Mickey.

Tyrone received a boost yesterday with the news that ex-All Star Owen Mulligan is likely to be on the bench for this Saturday's clash with Donegal.

Mulligan has recently returned home after spending a month in Australia.

Mayo's injury problems continue to grow and James Horan could be without forward Enda Varley for up to a month due to a shoulder injury.

Varley was one of a number of Mayo forwards to enjoy productive outings in the league opener against Down 10 days ago.

But he sustained shoulder ligament damage during last Friday's FBD Connacht League final win over NUI Galway and now faces a spell on the sidelines.

He is the second of the six forwards who started against Down to be struck down by injury, with Alan Freeman -- a goalscorer against the Mournemen -- also sidelined by a hand injury.

Irish Independent

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