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Wednesday 22 November 2017

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.

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