With this Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo looming large, Tyrone have been dealt some positive news on the injury front.
Over the past few weeks, the Ulster men have been troubled with news of potential suspensions, match bans and injuries, however it looks as though this week, they’ve received some good news with the latest that Joe McMahon and Stephen O’ Neill are available to play.
As reported by Ian O’ Riordan in The Irish Times on Tuesday morning, the duo, who both sustained knocks in their quarter final win over Monaghan, have recovered and will be available for selection. A groin strain that was plaguing McMahon has subsided, while O’ Neill who was subbed mid-way through the second half of that crunch match is also reported to have shaken off his knock.
Tyrone supremo Mickey Harte is likely to be elated at the news of having so many more options than was first anticipated, and he can now plan more confidently ahead of the all-important clash with the Connacht champions.
Of course, James Horan’s men will still be the clear favourites to advance to the final, however, they should still face a rather stern test. It’s possible that Tyrone will have to revert to tougher and more boisterous tactics if they are to succeed in knocking the Mayo men off their pedestal – however one will hope for a clean game with no ill-tempered incidents.
It promises to be a great occasion for both sides as two provincial champions go head-to-head. Of course, Tyrone haven’t won an All-Ireland since 2008 when they beat Kerry in the decider and so they will be keen to book their place this year before the gap widens too much.
Mayo are 3/10 with Boylesports to win the tie, while Tyrone are 10/3.