McGinley returns for Tyrone

Tyrone have been boosted ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final against Cork by the inclusion of Enda McGinley in their starting line-up.

Tyrone have been boosted ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final against Cork by the inclusion of Enda McGinley in their starting line-up.

McGinley has bounced back from the hamstring injury which ruled him out of the quarter-final win over Kildare last time out.

The Errigal Ciaran clubman starts at midfield alongside Kevin Hughes in the only personnel change from the side which beat the Lilywhites.

Meanwhile, 2008 Footballer of the Year Sean Cavanagh will line out at centre-half forward, with Tommy McGuiugan making way.

There is one positional switch in defence with Justin McMahon moving from full-back to centre-back in a direct swap with Conor Gormley.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, speaking at an Ulster Bank preview of the game in Cookstown this week, is delighted that McGinley has made sufficient recovery to start.

"If Enda has no ill effects from training in the lead-up to the game, it would certainly be great to have someone of his experience and quality back for that game," he said.

"Ryan Mellon is making good progress also, and as long as he has no setbacks it would be a big bonus as well to have him in the mix."

The Red Hands boss says that his side's experience of Croke Park is vital as they head into an All-Ireland semi-final, with a ten-game unbeaten Chamionship run under their belt.

"Experience at underage is vital and I think that's important that a lot of these boys have played at underage level in semi-finals and finals. The more you do something, the more it becomes the norm.

"That's the case, if you go back to the All-Ireland final of 2005 - we had played seven games I think at Croke Park - so it really became a home venue for us and there is no awe about the place anymore.

"There is awe, of course, in the lovely place that it is and the great stadium that it is. But not awe to scare you - it's awe to excite you."

Harte believes that while it has been hard to judge the form-lines across the Championship this year, Sunday's opponents Cork have proved to be one of the most consistent teams to date in the 2009 campaign.

"People can only go by what they see and I suppose form has been difficult to measure this year.

"There has been all sorts of contradictions along the way.

"I suppose Cork have been showing signs early on - they won their own division of the National League and they came on in the Championship and beat Kerry after a replay," he added.

TYRONE (SFC v Cork) - P McConnell; PJ Quinn, C Gormley, R McMenamin; D Harte, Justin McMahon, P Jordan; K Hughes, E McGinley; B Dooher (capt), S Cavanagh, Joe McMahon; M Penrose, S O'Neill, O Mulligan.

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