Tyrone and Donegal meet at Healy Park in Omagh on Sunday, in the Third Round of the Allianz National Football League. This all Ulster, Division One clash, is one of the ties of the round and looks certain to live up to it’s billing.
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Donegal knocked Tyrone out of last season’s Ulster Championship, and have taken over from the Red Hands as the dominant football force in the province. After a pleasing start to the new season, Micky Harte will be hoping that his Tyrone side can show that they still have plenty to offer at the top level.
Tyrone were promoted last season and have made a perfect start to Division One football. A win over Down on the opening weekend was followed by a last minute victory over Mayo in the second round. With two away wins already in the bag, and a number of home matches still to play, the northern side look relatively safe in the top division. Now management can concentrate on giving the league title a real go, and a win against Donegal would see them right in the fight. Donegal lost to Kildare in their first match, but a win over Down has kept their hopes of progress alive. Jim McGuinness will be keen to put down an early marker ahead of the Ulster championship and Sunday represents a real opportunity.
Michael Murphy partners Sean Cavanagh at midfield for Tyrone. while Conor Clarke, who played in centrefield against Mayo lines out at fullback, the injured Conor Gormley. Matthew Donnelly returns to the half forward line ahead of Plunkett Kane. Donegal welcome back Paddy McGrath, who has recovered from injury.
Players To Watch
Full forwards, Stephen O’Neill of Tyrone and Michael Murphy of Donegal are the two men to keep an eye on this weekend.