Donnchadh Walsh, Mark Griffin, Shane Enright and Anthony Maher are all selected by Eamonn Fitzmaurice but otherwise it is a fairly experimental side, with corner-back Paul Murphy of Rathmore and Austin Stacks’ Shane O’Callaghan among the newcomers.
In addition, David Moran partners Maher at midfield, having recovered from an eye injury sustained in May. With 2014 captain Colm Cooper not involved for the competition, Walsh skippers the side. The game will take place at John Mitchels’ ground, having been originally scheduled for Austin Stack Park.
Conan Grugan, Shay McGuigan and Emmet McKenna are the debutants for Tyrone in their Dr McKenna Cup clash with Donegal in Letterkenny. McGuigan is a younger brother of Brian while McKenna is Ryan’s brother. Goalkeeper Niall Morgan makes his first appearance since suffering a knee injury during last year’s championship.
Darach O’Connor, a minor last year and a son of former Roscommon star John, is the only player making his debut in what is a strong Donegal side. Odhrán Mac Niallais partners Rory Kavanagh at midfield.
Shane O’Rourke, who missed the 2012 and 2013 seasons, is selected at midfield for their O’Byrne Cup clash with DIT in Navan.
ANTRIM (Dr McKenna Cup v Cavan): C Kerr (St Gall’s); K O’Boyle (Cargin), R Johnston (Creggan), N Delargy (Portglennoe); T Scullion (Cargin), M Sweeney (St Jude’s, Dublin), J Crozier (Cargin); M McCann (Cargin), S McVeigh (All Saints Ballymena); C Murray (Lámh Dhearg), M Pollock (St Gall’s), T McCann (Cargin); CJ McGourty (St Gall’s), O Gallagher (Glenavy), A Taylor (St Teresa’s).
CAVAN (Dr McKenna Cup v Antrim): C Gilsenan (Bailieborough Shamrocks); J Hayes (Cootehill), R Dunne (Redhills), K Brady (Mullahoran); F Flanagan (Butlersbridge), A Clarke (Kingscourt), N Smith (Cavan Gaels); D McKiernan (Killeshandra), P Leddy (Redhills); M Reilly (Killygarry), M Lyng (Cavan Gaels), T Mooney (Redhills); K Tierney (Ballyhaise), M Dunne (Cavan Gaels), E Keating (St Sylvester’s).
DONEGAL (Dr McKenna Cup v Tyrone): P Durcan (Four Masters); F McGlynn (Glenfin), E McGee (Gaoth Dobhair), E Doherty (Naomh Adhamhnáin); A Thompson (Naomh Conaill), L McLoone (Naomh Conaill), Declan Walsh (Malin); R Kavanagh (Naomh Adhamhnáin), O Mac Niallais (Gaoth Dobhair); G McFadden (Glenswilly), M O’Reilly (Seán Mac Cumhaills), D Molloy (Naomh Conaill); D O’Connor (Buncrana), M Murphy (Glenswilly), C McFadden (Naomh Mícheál).
KERRY (McGrath Cup v IT Tralee): B Kelly (Legion); P Murphy, (Rathmore), M Griffin, (St Michael’s, Foilmore), S Enright, (Tarbert); M Geaney (Dingle), J Sherwood (Firies), B McGuire (Emmets); A Maher (Duagh), D Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys); J Lyne (Legion), B Sheehan (St Mary’s), D Walsh (Cromane); S O’Callaghan (Austin Stacks), A Fitzgerald (Castlegregory), S O’Brien (Kenmare).
LOUTH (O’Byrne Cup v DCU): S McCoy (Dromintee), K Leneghan (), P Rath (Dreadnots), K McLoughlin (Seán O’Mahonys); G Connolly (St Mochta’s), D Crilly (Dundalk Gaels), L Shevlin (Dreadnots); P Keenan (St Patrick’s), D Finnegan (St Patrick’s); D Byrne (St Mochta’s), B White (Cooley Kickhams), P Sheelan (Cooley Kickhams); C Doyle (O’Connells), K Rogers (St Mochta’s), S Campbell (St Martin’s).
MEATH (O’Byrne Cup v DIT): P O’Rourke (Skryne); C Young (Summerhill), S Curran (Donaghmore/Ashbourne), M Burke (Longwood); D Dalton (Summerhill), E Harrington (Wolfe Tones), P Gilsenan (Oldcastle); C Gillespie (Summerhill), S O’Rourke (Simonstown Gaels); D Larkin (Summerhill), D Carroll (Ballinabrackey), G Reilly (St Colmcille’s); E Wallace (Ratoath), S Bray (Navan O’Mahonys), M Newman (Kilmainham).
TYRONE (Dr McKenna Cup v Donegal): N Morgan (Edendork); A McCrory (Errigal Ciarán), C Clarke (Omagh), B Tierney (Omagh); C McGinley (Errigal Ciarán), D McBride (Strabane), T McCann (Killyclogher); P Kane (Coalisland), C Grugan (Omagh); N McKenna (Augher), S McGuigan (Ardboe), E McKenna (Eglish); P McNeice (Coalisland), Matthew Donnelly (Trillick), R O’Neill (Omagh).