Cavlan included in Tyrone side

Ger Cavlan has been listed at wing forward in the Tyrone team for Sunday's Ulster SFC final against Monaghan (Clones, throw-in 2.15pm), despite fears over his fitness.

Ger Cavlan has been listed at wing forward in the Tyrone team for Sunday's Ulster SFC final against Monaghan (Clones, throw-in 2.15pm), despite fears over his fitness.

A knee injury kept Cavlan out of last month's semi-final win over Donegal and a hamstring strain had threatened the Dungannon clubman's participation in the final, but manager Mickey Harte is evidently confident he will start.

Harte has sprung something of a surprise in selecting Ciaran Gourley at full-back. Gourley, whose last championship appearance was in the Red Hands' qualifier loss to Laois last July, has fought his way back from a recent knee injury to make the starting line-up.

He steps in for the injured Cormac McGinley, who has a groin problem.

In all, Harte has made three personnel changes to the team that ended Donegal's Ulster run.

Cavlan comes in for Enda McGinley at left half-forward and Joe McMahon is promoted from the bench to midfield where he will partner Sean Cavanagh, whose brother Colm misses out.

Kevin Hughes, who started at midfield against Donegal, has been moved to full-forward for the Anglo-Celt Cup decider.

Former Footballer of the Year Stephen O'Neill, who has been getting cryotherapy treatment for his hamstring and knee injuries, will start from the Tyrone bench once again.

O'Neill could yet play a crucial role as Tyrone seek their third Ulster title triumph of the century, following on from their successes of 2001 and 2003.

TYRONE (SFC v Monaghan) - J Devine; R McMenamin, C Gourley, D Carlin; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; J McMahon, S Cavanagh; B Dooher (capt), R Mulgrew, G Cavlan; C McCullagh, K Hughes, O Mulligan.

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