Monaghan beat Tyrone in an Ulster SFC clash on Sunday. The current Division 2 champions and current Ulster champions beat Mickey Harte’s men in Clones.
Tyrone will be looking to build on their victory over Down and will hope to dethrone the defending champions.
Monaghan finished with a record of 5 wins,1 draw and a defeat in their league campaign. They eventually went on to win the Division 2 title defeating Donegal on a score line of 1-16 to 1-10. Tyrone have played 2 championship games in the Ulster SFC to date. They needed a reply to get the better of Down eventually getting through via a 3-11 to 0-12 win. Tyrone had a mixed league campaign in Divison 1 winning 3 games, drawing 2 and losing 2.
Duel of the game
Dick Clerkin V Sean Cavanagh
The battle at midfield should be an intriguing one this Sunday with Clerkin going up against Sean Cavanagh. Clerken incidentally plays his club football at junior level in Monaghan is an experienced campaigner for Monaghan and has been crucial to their success in recent years.
Cavanagh has enjoyed an illustrious career with 3 All Ireland title his long surging runs are a trademark from midfield. Tyrone as always will be hoping that Cavangah can produce his best performance on Sunday.
Monaghan have made 3 changes to the side that got the better of Donegal in the Division 2 final. Dick Clerkin, Padraig Donaghy and Jack McCarron all come back into the side.
Monaghan: Rory Beggan; Colin Walshe, Drew Wylie, Fintan Kelly; Dessie Mone, Vinny Corey, Kieran Duffy; Dick Clerkin, Darren Hughes; Paul Finlay, Padraig Donaghy, Paudie McKenna; Dermot Malone, Kieran Hughes, Jack McCarron.
Tyrone have made three changes to the side that was victorious over Down. Conor Grugan will make his championship debut . Tyrone alos welcome Martin Penrose and Stephen O Neill back into the side.
Tyrone: Niall Morgan; Aidan McCrory, Justin McMahon, Ronan McNamee; Ronan McNabb, Mattie Donnelly, Peter Harte; Colm Cavanagh, Conan Grugan; Martin Penrose, Sean Cavanagh, Ciaran McGinley; D McCurry, Stephen O’ Neill, Ronan O’Neill.
Monaghan go into this game high on confidence and as defending campaigns they will fancy their chances. Mickey Harte’s men have come through 2 tough games against Down and one would think this will benefit them in this encounter. Tyrone may just edge this encounter by 1 or 2 points. Sean Cavangah to be first goal scorer at 12/1 looks an appealing bet.