Sunday 17 December 2017

Tyrone All-Star Donnelly to miss Dubs showdown

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile
Tyrone boss Mickey Harte. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tyrone must try and halt the Dublin juggernaut without All-Star Mattie Donnelly after Mickey Harte named his team for tomorrow night's crunch Division 1 clash with the All-Ireland champions in Croke Park.

Donnelly hasn't been included in the match-day squad after suffering a bang to the head early in last weekend's win over Roscommon.

His absence means a number of changes in the Tyrone line-up. Peter Harte reverts to centre-back from the half-forward line.

Midfielder Padraig McNulty returns to the side after missing last weekend's game due to a dead leg, while Declan McClure, who made his league debut as McNulty's replacement, holds on to his place, but moves from the middle to the half-forward line.

rotating The other change sees Niall Morgan replace Mickey O'Neill between the posts as Harte continues his policy of rotating his goalkeepers.

Elsewhere in Division 1, Roscommon have made three changes from the side that lost to Tyrone for the visit of Donegal to Hyde Park.

John McManus comes into the team at wing-back, Shane Killoran makes his first league start at wing-forward while Fintan Cregg - who chipped in with 0-3 last weekend - starts at full-forward.

Defender David Murray and forward Ultan Harney are ruled out through injury, while Niall Daly drops to the bench as Roscommon return to their Dr Hyde Park base after renovation work has been completed on the playing surface.

Kieran Lillis and Ruairi O'Connor replace Alan Farrell and David Conway in the Laois line-up for their Division 3 clash with Armagh.

In hurling, Pat O'Connor has been named as Clare captain for 2017.

Irish Independent

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