Monaghan take on Tyrone in the final of the Power NI Dr Mc Kenna cup in the Athletic grounds, Armagh this Saturday at 7:30.
This final presents new Monaghan manager with his first chance of winning silverware with the Farney County. Following a successful Dr Mc Kenne Cup so far, Tyrone supremo Mickey Harte will be hoping for a victory to build further momentum ahead of their opening division one clash with Down on February 3rd.
In the group stages of this pre season competition, Monaghan have had wins over St Mary’s, Donegal and Fermanagh so far in this pre season competition. The Belfast students came closest to defeating the Farney County in the opening round. In the semi final, Monaghan rattled off three points in the closing minutes to Defeat Down on a score line of 1-12 to 0-13.
Tyrone recorded wins over Derry, Antrim and UUJ in the group stages of this competition. The defending champions had a somewhat flattering eight point victory over Fermanagh at the semi final stage. It would appear the Sean Cavanagh is back to top form after an injury disrupted two years.
Vinny Corey, Colin Walshe, Stephen Gollogly and Dessie Mone are missing for Monaghan while Tommy Freeman has retired. Paul Finley returned as a substitute in the win over Fermanagh.
The highly rated Kyle Coney is available for Tyrone after injury. Colm Cavanagh is unavailable due to a wrist injury. Ronan O’Neill and Ronan Mc Nabb are also unavailable due to injury. Stephen O’Neill captains the side.
Players to watch
Monaghan – Conor Mc Manus
The Clontibret man has been in impressive scoring form so far in this competition helping himself to 1-7 against Down. If Monaghan are to win, Mc Manus will have a major role to play.
Tyrone – Sean Cavanagh
The four time all star appears to be back to his best following his well documented injury problems. If Tyrone are to return to past glories this year, a fit and on form Cavanagh is key to reaching these goals.