Tyrone gives youth players chance to shine

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will give youth its chance in tomorrow night's historic floodlit NFL Division 1A clash with Dublin, as both Colm Cavanagh and Colm Donnelly have been named in the Red Hands' line-up (Croke Park, throw-in 7pm).

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will give youth its chance in tomorrow night's historic floodlit NFL Division 1A clash with Dublin, as both Colm Cavanagh and Colm Donnelly have been named in the Red Hands' line-up (Croke Park, throw-in 7pm).

The pair were blooded in last month's opening rounds of the McKenna Cup and deservedly get their chance to shine at GAA headquarters.

The 20-year-old Cavanagh, the younger brother of 2005 All-Star Sean, will make his bow in the half-forwards, while Clonoe attacker Donnelly, a former minor star, will slot in at full-forward.

In a side captained by Ryan McMenamin, Martin Penrose, a recognised forward, will start at left half-back, Galbally's Mickey Murphy will partner Sean Cavanagh at midfield and Owen Mulligan, who recently returned from the All-Stars' trip to Dubai, will don the number 11 jersey and lead the Tyrone attack.

Nuggety corner back McMenamin, who is standing in as skipper for the injured Brian Dooher, was quick to play down talk of Tyrone's trip to the capital being a revenge mission, after they lost out to the Dubs in last season's infamous Battle of Omagh.

"We're going down on Saturday to try and get two points. We've done well in the McKenna Cup so far and want to keep the run going. I know Dublin, who won the O'Byrne Cup last weekend, are the same," admitted the Dromore defender.

"Dublin had four straight wins in the O'Byrne Cup. They don't want Tyrone to beat them in their own backyard. So hopefully it will be a good game of football.

"We'll try and play well, but it hasn't been talked about in training that we have a score to settle with them."

The Tyrone bench includes young Coalisland goalkeeper Jonathan Curran, who steps into the injured John Devine's shoes to provide cover for Pascal McConnell. Devine dislocated his collarbone when training with the Tyrone squad at Croke Park on Tuesday.

Carrickmore defender Conor Gormley, who is continuing his comeback from the broken ankle he suffered last August, has been kept in reserve. The 2005 All-Star is close to making his return for Tyrone after a 50-minute workout in the All-Stars' match in Dubai.

TYRONE (NFL v Dublin) - P McConnell; R McMenamin (capt), C McGinley, M McGee; D Harte, D Carlin, M Penrose; M Murphy, S Cavanagh; R Mulgrew, O Mulligan, C Cavanagh; R Mellon, C Donnelly, E McGinley.

More in this section

Sport
Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up

HOME DELIVERY SERVICE

Have the Irish Examiner delivered to your door. No delivery charge. Just pay the cover price.