Tyrone unchanged for Dublin clash

Owen Mulligan has failed to force his way into the Tyrone team for Saturday's GAA Football All-Ireland senior quarter-final showdown with Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Owen Mulligan has failed to force his way into the Tyrone team for Saturday's GAA Football All-Ireland senior quarter-final showdown with Dublin at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Mulligan, who is back to full fitness after a long-term hamstring injury, starred when the sides last met in the championships in 2005.

The Cookstown clubman scored a terrific goal and seven points when the Red Hands saw off Dublin by 2-18 to 1-14 in a quarter-final replay.

Mulligan has been used as a substitute for the recent qualifier wins over Westmeath and Mayo, and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will keep him on the bench for this weekend's game.

Harte has named an unchanged team to take on the Leinster champions, sticking with the players that started the one-point victory over Mayo last time out.

PJ Quinn is out with a back injury so Ciaran Gourley will line out once against at left corner back.

Joe McMahon also retains his place in attack with Colm Cavanagh (dislocated shoulder) ruled out.

In all, Harte has selected 10 players who played in that memorable 2005 quarter-final replay.

The five newcomers are goalkeeper John Devine, defenders Gourley and Justin McMahon and forwards Tommy McGuigan and Colm McCullagh.

Since the new championship format was introduced in 2001, Tyrone have reached the quarter-finals five times.

They were beaten in 2001, 2004 and last year, but were victorious in both 2003 and 2005 (replay) when they went on to lift the Sam Maguire Cup.

TYRONE (SFC v Dublin) - J Devine; R McMenamin, Justin McMahon, C Gourley; D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan; R Mellon, E McGinley; B Dooher (capt), B McGuigan, Joe McMahon; T McGuigan, S Cavanagh, C McCullagh.

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