A glance at his team’s remaining fixtures in Division Two of the Allianz Football League will surely further convince Tyrone manager Mickey Harte that victory over Antrim at Healy Park, Omagh tomorrow night is essential if they are to retain their divisional status for next year.
The Red Hands must confront Kildare at home and Laois and Meath, both away, over the coming weeks and the side’s recent form would not suggest that they will pick up significant league points from these encounters.
Yet a win over Liam Bradley’s weakened outfit — Michael McCann, CJ McGourty, Kevin Niblock, Tómas McCann, Colin Brady and Aaron Douglas could all be out — would undoubtedly bolster Tyrone’s morale.
No wonder then that Harte has already thrown down the gauntlet to his players for a match that he sees as crucial in terms of survival in the top bracket.
“Antrim caught Meath on the hop in their last outing and they will come to us in a much better frame of minds,” points out Harte.
He will be without Enda McGinley who has a chipped bone in his ankle but could avail of the services of Niall McKenna and Peter Harte.
Tyrone: J Curran; P J Quinn, D McCaul, D Carlin; D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin; K Hughes, A Cassidy; C Cavanagh, B McGuigan, S Cavanagh; M Penrose, S O’Neill, O Mulligan.