Knee injury finishes Tyrone goalkeeper's Championship hopes

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan will sit out the rest of the Red Hands' Championship campaign after sustaining a season-ending knee injury.

Knee injury finishes Tyrone goalkeeper's Championship hopes

Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan will sit out the rest of the Red Hands' Championship campaign after sustaining a season-ending knee injury.

Morgan suffered lateral collateral knee ligament damage when playing for club side Edendork against Derrytresk over the weekend. He has been booked in for surgery today at the Ulster Clinic in Belfast and is facing at a four month lay-off.

"I'm looking at next season now, and staying positive. There's nothing else you can do," he told the Irish News.

"All I can do is hope for the best, work hard and try to get recovered as quickly as I can without any more setbacks."

It is a disappointing end to the 21-year-old's first senior inter-county season. He made the Tyrone number 1 jersey his own during the Allianz League and emerged as a very reliable place-kicker, landing 0-18 in total.

Morgan made his Championship debut for Mickey Harte's men in the Ulster quarter-final defeat to Donegal last month, but he was unable to reproduce his league form and only finished with 0-1 from six placed ball efforts.

Harte's charges are due to face Offaly in an All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier the weekend after next, with Ulster and All-Ireland title winner Pascal McConnell (33) set to return between the posts.

Another vastly experienced goalkeeper, John Devine, retired from inter-county football in March but the Tyrone management may ask him to return in order to provide back-up to McConnell.

It means Mickey Harte is set to promote Pascal McConnell to the starting side for their first round qualifier against Offaly in Tullamore the weekend after next.

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