Hughes and McMahon to start for Tyrone

The fit-again duo of Joe McMahon and Kevin Hughes have been pencilled into the Tyrone team to face Donegal in Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones (throw-in 3.30pm).

The fit-again duo of Joe McMahon and Kevin Hughes have been pencilled into the Tyrone team to face Donegal in Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones (throw-in 3.30pm).

It will be McMahon's first appearance in this year's Championship. He broke his jaw in two places when playing for Omagh St. Enda's back in April.

Cathal McCarron makes way to allow for McMahon's return at full-back, while Hughes takes over from the injured Kevin Cassidy (ankle) in midfield.

McMahon's younger brother Justin could feature as a substitute after sitting out the win over Monaghan with a hamstring injury.

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is hoping to guide the reigning champions through to their third successive Ulster final - a feat the Red Hands last achieved in 1996.

But Harte has been a keen observer of Donegal's passage through the opening two rounds against Antrim and Cavan. He is admittedly impressed by how they have built on their successful Division 2 campaign.

"I know that Donegal generally play well against Tyrone, they often be quite happy to meet Tyrone.

I have heard managers in the past say that, they like meeting Tyrone, so they won’t be too concerned about this game," said Harte.

"But I don't think you can read too much about past history. This is about a new year, this is about a new game and Donegal have a new management set-up.

"They have a new belief in themselves, and they seem to be working on a system of play that works for the players they have at their disposal at the minute.

"Their players believe in that system, they believe in their management set-up, and that's always useful in any team."

TYRONE (SFC v Donegal): Pascal McConnell; Martin Swift, Joe McMahon, Ryan McMenamin; Davy Harte, Conor Gormley, Philip Jordan; Kevin Hughes, Sean Cavanagh; Brian Dooher (capt), Brian McGuigan, Peter Harte; Martin Penrose, Stephen O'Neill, Mark Donnelly.

Subs: John Devine, Aidan Cassidy, Colm Cavanagh, Kyle Coney, Cathal McCarron, Damian McCaul, Aidan McCrory, Tommy McGuigan, Justin McMahon, Owen Mulligan, Sean O'Neill.

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