Louth and Tyrone make changes for GAA SFC qualifier tie

Louth and Tyrone have finalised their teams for tomorrow evening's GAA All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier between the counties at Drogheda, throw-in 7pm.

Louth and Tyrone have finalised their teams for tomorrow evening's GAA All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier between the counties at Drogheda, throw-in 7pm.

Louth manager Eamonn McEneaney, who watched his side slump to Dublin last time out, had made three changes in personnel - Jamie Carr, David Reid and Darren Clarke all come in.

In a defensive reshuffle, Conor McGuinness, who debuted against the Dubs, has lost his place as Carr slots in at left corner-back and Dessie Finnegan moves to centre-back.

Colin Goss remains sidelined so Michael Fanning is once again named at full-back, and the fit-again Peter McGinnity has to be content with a substitute's role.

Reid, recovered from injury, and Clarke are the new additions in attack, with Mark Stanfield and Derek Crilly dropping to the bench. Reid is on the opposite wing to his brother Adrian.

Team captain Aaron Hoey has been re-positioned from full-forward to centre-forward and Shane Lennon has swapped the number 15 jersey for number 14.

Meanwhile, Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has opted to make three changes to the side that lined out in the Red Hands' Ulster quarter-final replay defeat to Down.

Tommy McGuigan, who shot 0-06 as a substitute against Down, and his brother Brian have both been added to the Tyrone half-forward line.

The other alteration sees Enda McGinley pencilled in at midfield alongside Ryan Mellon, with Conor Gormley switching from centre-field to centre-back.

McGinley suffered concussion in the drawn game against Down and missed the replay.

The players to drop from the starting line-up are Joe McMahon, Colm Cavanagh and Ciaran Gourley.

As well as McGinley's return to fitness, Harte could also call on the sharpshooting services of Raymond Mulgrew and Owen Mulligan, who are set for bench duty after returning to training recently.

Mulgrew missed the second Down game due to a shoulder injury, while Mulligan has not played for his county since damaging his hamstring in a National League game against Laois in March.

Tomorrow's clash is a repeat of the first round qualifier at Pairc Tailteann in 2006 when the sides could not be separated after extra-time.

Tyrone won the replay two years ago by 1-12 to 1-07 and three-time All-Star Sean Cavanagh is determined to get his side over the line in Drogheda, particularly for the sake of Harte who could be in his last season in charge.

Cavanagh said: "You hear people writing us and Mickey Harte off. There are a lot of fans up in Tyrone calling for his head and that is crazy.

"Things like that drive you on but they are probably right to write us off. We haven't produced in the last few years.

"But training the last few weeks has been as good as it has ever been and, whatever happens, we can't blame Mickey Harte or any of the management."

LOUTH (SFC v Tyrone) - S Reynolds; J Neary, M Fanning, J Carr; J O'Brien, D Finnegan, R Finnegan; P Keenan, R Carroll; A Reid, A Hoey (capt), D Reid; C Judge, S Lennon, D Clarke.

TYRONE - J Devine; R McMenamin, Justin McMahon, PJ Quinn; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; R Mellon, E McGinley; B Dooher (capt), B McGuigan, T McGuigan; M Penrose, S Cavanagh, C McCullagh.

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