Tyrone unchanged as Westmeath welcome back Flanagan

Tyrone and Westmeath have revealed their starting fifteens for tomorrow afternoon's GAA Football All-Ireland qualifier showdown between the sides in Omagh (throw-in 3pm).

Tyrone and Westmeath have revealed their starting fifteens for tomorrow afternoon's GAA Football All-Ireland qualifier showdown between the sides in Omagh (throw-in 3pm).

Red Hands manager Mickey Harte has picked an unchanged team to that which took the pitch for last weekend's 1-18 to 1-10 second round win over Louth.

Incredibly, it is the first time Harte has had a fully fit panel to choose from in the championship since the county's 2005 All-Ireland win.

The fit-again Owen Mulligan, Raymie Mulgrew and Colm Cavanagh have been kept in reserve again.

Sean Cavanagh, who scored four points in the Louth game, maintains his run in the team at full-forward.

The McGuigan brothers, Brian and Tommy, will continue to dovetail in the half-forwards, while Ryan Mellon and Enda McGinley link up again in centre-field.

Meanwhile, midfielder Martin Flanagan has made a surprise return to the Westmeath team for tomorrow's televised match.

It had been anticipated that he would start from the bench as he continues his recovery from a niggling knee injury, but the Tyrrellspass clubman has been cleared to start.

He takes the place of Paul Bannon, joining Donal O'Donoghue in the Lake county's midfield.

Westmeath manager Tomas O Flatharta has also shaken up his attack.

David Glennon, who scored a point as a substitute in the 0-15 to 0-06 win over Tipperary, and Alan Mangan have earned recalls.

Dermot Bannon and recent debutant Simon Quinn are the players to make way as Glennon joins his older brother Denis in the full-forward line and Mangan starts at top of the left.

Team captain Dessie Dolan, who top-scored with six points against Tipp, also reverts to a right half-forward role.

Midfielder David Duffy (ankle) and forward Fergal Wilson (shoulder) are ruled out with injuries.

Tomorrow's game will be the first ever senior championship meeting of Tyrone and Westmeath.

O Flatharta's men have already had a busy summer schedule, having played three times in the Leinster championship before they beat Tipp in the qualifiers last weekend.

TYRONE (SFC v Westmeath) - J Devine; R McMenamin, J 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.

WESTMEATH - G Connaughton; F Boyle, K Gavin, J Keane; M Ennis, D Heavin, D Healy; D O'Donoghue, M Flanagan; D Dolan (capt), J Smyth, D Harte; David Glennon, Denis Glennon, A Mangan.

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