McKenna Tyrone’s only change for Dublin game
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte makes only one change for Tyrone’s Division One encounter with Dublin at Omagh as Emmet McKenna comes in at wing forward for hamstring victim Tiernan McCann. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Tyrone have made just one enforced change for the visit of league holders and All-Ireland champions Dublin to Omagh for a re-run of last year’s final in Sunday’s concluding round of Division One matches and the only one – given that Cork and Derry have already qualified – in which a place in the semi-finals is up for grabs for either side.
Mickey Harte brings in Emmet McKenna at wing forward for Tiernan McCann, who pulled a hamstring in last weekend’s exciting draw against league leaders Cork.
Ciarán McGinley drops back from wing forward to right wing back.
Dublin won’t name a side until tonight but goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton has already accepted a one-match suspension and so Jim Gavin’s team will be short their influential captain.
Cormac Costello, who injured a calf muscle in Wednesday’s Leinster under-21 final success against Meath, is unlikely to make the cut, although his injury isn’t expected to keep him out in the long term.
Both teams drew last weekend but Dublin must win on Sunday to overtake Tyrone.
Mayo, who drew with Dublin last time out and are level with them on seven points and the same scoring difference, take on Derry in Castlebar. The visitors have already qualified and manager Brian McIver names an entirely experimental team, with only Emmet McGuckin of the side that defeated Kildare last week starting.
It’s been a good year for Derry, who were only promoted last season and will be back in Croke Park in a fortnight. If Mayo win they’ll qualify for the semi-finals.
n The Ulster under-21 football final between Cavan and Donegal will take place at the Athletic Grounds next Wednesday, April 9th at 8pm. Holders Cavan are in pursuit of a fourth success title against the county that won the most recent championship before the Cavan’s three in a row.