Dooher returns for Tyrone

CAPTAIN Brian Dooher will return to the Tyrone line-up for the first time since last August’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Cork for Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final against Antrim.

Dooher starts at right half-forward, with Stephen O’Neill, who missed the entire league campaign with a dislocated elbow, also included in the starting 15 at full forward.

Justin McMahon has recovered from a hamstring injury to start at full-back, while Martin Swift gets a first championship start at right corner-back.

Waterford make two changes for Sunday’s Munster SFC clash against Clare from the team that lost the NFL Division 4 decider against Limerick. Eamonn Walsh replaces Niall Hennessy at left half-back, while Patrick Hurney comes into the attack for Robert Ahearne with Gary Hurney moving to full-forward. There are championship debuts for three players in corner-back Kieran Connery, midfielder Tommy Prendergast and centre-forward Conor McGrath.

Offaly manager Tom Cribbin has handed championship debuts to left corner-back Paraic Sullivan and midfielder John Coughlan for their Leinster SFC quarter-final against Meath. Star attacker Niall McNamee has been hampered by a quad injury but is declared fit to play at left corner-forward.

Antrim boss Liam Bradley has dropped full-forward Michael Magill for his team for Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final against Tyrone for an alleged breach of discipline last weekend. Aodhán Gallagher comes into the team at midfield with Michael McCann moving to full-forward in place of Magill. There are two other changes to the team with Aaron Douglas replacing Andy McClean at full-back while Kevin Niblock comes in for CJ McGourty at centre-forward.

Brian Kavanagh will undergo a late fitness test on his injured ankle despite being named in the Longford team to face Louth in Sunday’s Leinster SFC opener. Paul Barden has recovered from a muscle strain to line out alongside Kavanagh in the full forward line.

Meanwhile Cork attacker Ciarán Sheehan is back in the frame for their Munster SFC semi-final against Kerry in a fortnight’s time after a scan on his injured shoulder revealed no significant damage. Sheehan only suffered a minor tear to a muscle and it is hoped that he will be back in training with the squad next week.

TYRONE (SF v Antrim): P McConnell; M Swift, Justin McMahon, D Carlin; D Harte, R McMenaminn, P Jordan; K Hughes, C Cavanagh; B Dooher, S Cavanagh, Joe McMahon; M Penrose, S O’Neill, O Mulligan.

WATERFORD (SF v Clare): T Wall; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; T Grey, S Briggs, E Walsh; M Ahearne, T Prendergast; B Wall, C McGrath, W Hennessy; P Hurney, G Hurney, L O Líonáin.

OFFALY (SF v Meath): A Mulhall; B Darby, S Brady, P Sullivan; S Sullivan, R Dalton, K Slattery; C McManus, J Coughlan; N Darby, B Connor, S Ryan; K Casey, J Reynolds, N McNamee.

ANTRIM (SF v Tyrone): J Finucane; C Brady, A Douglas, K O’Boyle; T Scullion, J Crozier, S Kelly; A Gallagher, B Herron; T O’Neill, K Niblock, J Loughrey; P Cunningham, M McCann, T McCann.

LONGFORD (SF v Louth): D Sheridan; D Brady, D Masterson, S Hannon; S Mulligan, E Williams, P Foy; A O’Connor, B Gilleran; P Dowd, F McGee, K Mulligan; D Reilly, B Kavanagh, P Barden.

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