Team news: Tyrone opt for experience as season opener is moved to Armagh

January 02, 2018

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte and Mattie Donnelly.
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Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has named an experienced side for tomorrow night's Dr McKenna Cup opener against Antrim.

Six of the team which started last year's All-Ireland SFC semi-final defeat to Dublin are set to feature against the Saffrons in the opening round of the O'Neill County's title defence which has been switched to Armagh's Athletic Grounds after Omagh's Healy Park was deemed unplayable yet again.

Niall Morgan starts in goal with Padraig Hampsey and Hugh Pat McGeary named at full-back and centre-back respectively for the Red Hands whom have won this competition in their last six outings.

Dungannon's Padraig McNulty and Cathal McShane start at centre-field with two-time All Star Matthew Donnelly captaining the side from right half-forward.

Ace attackers Connor McAliskey and Ronan O'Neill have been named on the bench.

Throw-in is at 8pm.

Tyrone (McKenna Cup v Antrim): Niall Morgan; Brendan Burns, Padraig Hampsey, Michael McKernan; Tiernan McCann, Hugh Pat McGeary, Kieran McGeary; Cathal McShane, Padraig McNulty; Matthew Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Frank Burns; Darren McCurry, Harry Loughran, Lee Brennan

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