Harte hails 'genius' Canavan ahead of reunion
MASTER meets apprentice tonight as Mickey Harte and Tyrone face off against Peter Canavan's Fermanagh, with Harte describing his former star forward as a "genius".
Former All-Ireland winning captain Peter Canavan has made an impressive debut to his tenure with the Erne-siders recording a facile nine-point win over Queen's University last weekend.
The Errigal Ciarán man inherited a Fermanagh side that had a nightmare campaign in 2011, exiting the Championship at the hands of London.
But an eye-catching 1-8 from Seamus Quigley last weekend coupled with a solid overall display has Canavan relishing tonight's task.
"Everybody is well aware of the quality that exists in the Tyrone set-up, so it'll be a good test for our boys, and something we're looking forward to," he said.
"We'll have to do our mathematics but our boys are playing for a position on the league and championship panel, so it's more about performance than result."
Tyrone beat Antrim 1-12 to 0-10 last weekend with Stephen O'Neill making an impressive scoring return.
Tyrone will have home advantage tonight at Healy Park and Harte said: "There is no doubt we tend to use the word genius rather liberally in a sporting context but in Peter Canavan's case it is entirely applicable."
Tyrone team: J Devine, A McCrory, C McCarron, PJ Quinn, Sean O'Neill, P Harte, D Carlin, M Murphy, C Cavanagh, P Hughes, M Penrose, M Donnelly, T McGuigan, Stephen O'Neill, J Lafferty.