Sunday 19 November 2017

Harte hands McGinley debut against Dublin

TYRONE manager Mickey Harte has handed rising star Ciarán McGinley his first Allianz Football League start on the biggest stage of all - Croke Park against the high-flying Dubs.

McGinley was a key attacking player for Errigal Ciarán during last year's Tyrone and Ulster club SFC campaigns. He made his league debut as a sub against Cork last weekend, and Harte has been sufficiently impressed by his clubmate to now include him at left half-forward tomorrow night.

The Red Hands make two other changes for this enticing Division One clash between first and second: Mark Donnelly replaces Ronan O'Neill in attack while Justin McMahon is recalled at centre-back.

As expected, Niall Morgan will continue his stint between the posts, but the new Tyrone netminder-cum-placed ball specialist may be disappointed to hear that his Sky Blue 'idol', Stephen Cluxton, has not been included for Dublin.

"Cluxton is the king, really," Morgan has declared. "The rest of us goalkeepers who are doing it (free-kicks) still have a long way to go before we can compare ourselves to him. I would need to do a lot more practice to be anywhere as good as him but it would be great to see how good he is in real life. To have the experience of playing against him would be unbelievable."

TYRONE (SF v Dublin): N Morgan; A McRory, C Gormley, C McCarron; Joe McMahon, Justin McMahon, R McNamee; C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, P Harte, C McGinley; K Coney, S O'Neill, Mark Donnelly.

CORK (SF v Donegal): K O'Halloran; M Shields, J O'Sullivan, E Cadogan; P Kissane, N O'Leary, Tomas Clancy; G Canty, A Walsh; F Goold, D O'Connor, M Collins; B O'Driscoll, C O'Neill, P Kerrigan.

LOUTH (SF v Armagh): N Gallagher; G O'Hare, D Finnegan, G Hoey; J O'Brien, D Crilly, A Reid; P keenan, B Donnelly; A McDonnell, M Brennan, B White; D Clarke, S Lennon, K Rodgers.

WEXFORD (SF v Westmeath): A Masterson; J Wadding, G Molloy, M Furlong; B Malone, D Murphy, A Flynn; D Waters, R Quinlivan; J Holmes, B Brosnan, P Byrne; S Roche, R Barry, PJ Banville.

OFFALY (SF v Carlow): A Mulhall; B Darby, P McConway, S Sullivan; E Carroll, S Pender, J Moloney; M Brazil, A McNamee; G Guilfoyle, R Dalton, W Mulhall; J Maher, B Connor, N McNamee.

LAOIS (SF v Galway): E Culliton; C Healy, D Booth, K Lillis; D Strong, J O'Loughlin, P McMahon; B Quigley, C Boyle; R Munnelly, B Sheehan, C Begley; MJ Tierney, P Clancy, G Walsh.

CORK (SH v Clare): A Nash; S O'Neill, B Murphy, C O'Sullivan; C Joyce, P Cronin, W Egan; D Kearney, L McLoughlin; C McCarthy, P O'Sullivan, S Harendy; S Moylan, P O'Brien, P Horgan.

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