Tyrone unchanged for Roscommon duel

Mickey Harte has selected an unchanged Tyrone team for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier against Roscommon at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Mickey Harte has selected an unchanged Tyrone team for Saturday's All-Ireland SFC fourth round qualifier against Roscommon at Croke Park (throw-in 4pm).

Former Footballer of the Year Stephen O'Neill is not part of the matchday panel. He is still struggling for fitness due to a hamstring problem.

Midfielder Aidan Cassidy is also nursing a hamstring injury and misses out, although Enda McGinley and Justin McMahon could both have an impact off the bench.

Brian Dooher and Owen Mulligan have been held in reserve also, as Harte keeps faith with the side that overcame Armagh in Omagh last weekend.

That means Dromore clubman Seán O'Neill will make only his second Championship start against the Rossies, having retained his place at wing back.

Tommy McGuigan, who scored the clinching goal against the Orchard men, starts again at top of the right.

This is Tyrone's first ever Championship meeting with Roscommon. Harte's charges strung together morale-boosting wins over Longford and Armagh in the previous rounds.

Speaking about the Red Hands' approach to the game, Seán O'Neill told the Irish News: "I suppose every team, ideally, would like to win their provincial Championship and then move on to win the All-Ireland.

"That's the ideal situation. However, it's not always like that. Tyrone have won two All-Irelands out of three through the back door system, so we're not completely alien to it.

"This is the road we're on, we must accept that and take it day by day. Armagh is one hurdle gone. Roscommon is next, and please God, further after that, so it's one game at a time in the back door."

TYRONE (SFC v Roscommon): Pascal McConnell; Martin Swift, Joe McMahon, Ryan McMenamin; Sean O'Neill, Conor Gormley, Philip Jordan; Kevin Hughes, Sean Cavanagh; Colm Cavanagh, Brian McGuigan, Peter Harte; Tommy McGuigan, Mark Donnelly, Kyle Coney.

Substitutes: John Devine, Dermot Carlin, Brian Dooher, Davy Harte, Cathal McCarron, Aidan McCrory, Enda McGinley, Justin McMahon, Stephen McNally, Patrick McNiece, Owen Mulligan.

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