Sunday 25 February 2018

McMahon set to face Dubs

JOE McMahon has recovered from a groin injury and returns to the Tyrone team for Sunday's NFL Division 1 final showdown with Dublin, writes Cliona Foley.

He replaces Peter Harte (hamstring) in the half-forward line and his brother Justin also returns to their starters, replacing Ronan McNamee at wing-back. Mickey Harte has made one other change, with Paddy McNeice replacing Darren McCurry in attack as Tyrone go in search of their first league title in 10 years.

Limerick's talismanic midfielder John Galvin, who missed out last year with a second cruciate injury, will start his first game of the season in their Division 4 final against Offaly.

He returns to partner Bobby O'Brien in midfield, which means Thomas Lee will move to centre-forward,Ger Collins switches to full-forward and Derry O'Connor loses out.

Derry are boosted by the return of their captain Mark Lynch at centre-back for their Division 2 final against Westmeath.

The Banagher man, who has missed the late group stages with a hand injury, came through a club game last week and his return sees Gerard O'Kane revert to the full-back line. Their only other change sees Benny Heron replacing Lee Kennedy at corner-forward.

TYRONE (SF v Dublin) – N Morgan; PJ Quinn, C Clarke, C McCarron; C Gormley, D Carlin, Justin McMahon; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh; Mattie Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Joe McMahon; M Penrose, S O'Neill, P McNeice.

DERRY (SF v Westmeath) – E McNicholl; A McAlynn, C McKaigue, G O'Kane; C Kielt, M Lynch, SL McGoldrick; Patsy Bradley, R Bell; D Heavron, J Kielt, E Lynn; B Heron, E Bradley, R Wilkinson.

LIMERICK (SF v Offaly) – D O'Sullivan; A Lane, J McCarthy, M O'Riordan; S Lavin, P Browne, P Ranahan; B O'Brien, J Galvin; J Riordan, T Lee, S Buckley; E O'Connor, G Collins, I Ryan.

MONAGHAN (SF v Meath) - R Beggan; K Duffy, D Wylie, R McNally; D Hughes, N McAdam, C Walshe; O Lennon, D Clerkin; P Finlay, K Hughes, O Duffy; C McGuinness, C McManus, D Malone.

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